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Release Date: April 02, 2010

Starring: Thomas Haden Church, Elizabeth Shue, Melissa Leo, M. Emmett Walsh, James Rebhorn, Keith David, and Pruitt Taylor Vince

Genre: Crime Thriller/Film Noir

Audience: Older teenagers to adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 87 minutes

Distributor: Image Entertainment

Director: Jake Goldberger

Executive Producer: Thomas Haden Church

Producer: Jim Young

Writer: Jake Goldberger

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Martin W. Greenwald, Chairman
Image Entertainment
20525 Nordhoff Street, Suite 200
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Phone: (818) 407-9100; Fax: (818) 678-5076
Website: www.image-entertainment.com

Content:

(PaPa, B, LLL, VVV, S, A, D, MMM) Strong pagan worldview set in a dark, crazy world filled with loneliness and greed leading to attempted murder and murder, with, however, a remnant of moral integrity; about 39 obscenities, four strong profanities and 19 light profanities; very strong bloody violence in two scenes and other violence includes man drops milk bottle when he’s bitten by a bee, man stabs another man’s neck with broken glass when the man tries to strangle him to death, people hit over the head with frozen meat, pool of blood forms under murdered woman’s head, and people struggle over hatchet; implied fornication and kissing; no nudity but some female cleavage; alcohol use; smoking; and, jealousy, rage, greed, lying, blackmail, woman has tattoos, and man hides body of man who died a violent death.

Summary:

DON MCKAY is a modern film noir thriller about a lonely high school janitor who returns to his hometown 25 years later to see his dying ex-girlfriend and gets involved with a couple murder plots and a case of fraud. The story and characters are a bit too uninvolving to be very compelling, and the movie contains two bloody violent scenes, lots of strong foul language, and implied sexual content.

Review:

DON MCKAY is a low budget crime thriller in the tradition of the Hollywood film noir thrillers of the past, such as THE BIG SLEEP, DOUBLE INDEMNITY and OUT OF THE PAST. The story and characters are a bit too uninvolving to be very compelling.

In the story, Thomas Haden Church plays the title character, a lonely high school janitor who returns to his hometown 25 years later when his high school sweetheart, Sonny, writes to him that she’s dying. The doctor treating Sonny seems very jealous of Don. When Don sleeps with Sonny at her invitation, the doctor flies into a rage and tries to strangle Don. Don manages to kill him first, but hides the body in the nearby woods.

Things begin to get even more weird when Sonny keeps telling Don that she just talked with the doctor on the phone. Of course, Don finds out that things are not what they seem, but the audience finds out that Don knew something was amiss from the very beginning. The reasons behind Don’s suspicions provide the movie’s main plot twists.

One problem with this movie is that the title character seems much too laidback. When the plot twists are revealed, and the audience learns that Don was suspicious all along, it becomes perplexing why Don didn’t show those suspicions or concerns before the doctor attacks him. Also, some of the other acting in the movie is over the top.

DON MCKAY contains two bloody violent scenes as well as an excessive amount of strong foul language. Though Don tries to hide the doctor’s body, he refuses to go along with the nefarious schemes of the other wacky characters when they reveal their evil intentions in the third act. The very end, however, doesn’t quite make sense.

MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for this tale of greed, deceit, jealousy, and murder.

In Brief:

In DON MCKAY, Thomas Haden Church plays a lonely high school janitor who returns to his hometown 25 years later when his high school sweetheart, Sonny, writes to him that she’s dying. The doctor treating Sonny seems very jealous of Don. When Don sleeps with Sonny at her invitation, he flies into a rage and tries to strangle Don. Don manages to kill him first, but hides the body in the nearby woods. Things begin to get even more weird when Sonny keeps telling Don that she just talked with the doctor on the phone. Of course, Don finds out that things are not what they seem, but the audience finds out that Don knew something was amiss from the very beginning. The reasons behind Don’s suspicions provide the movie’s main plot twists.

The story and characters are a bit too uninvolving and laidback at times to be very compelling. DON MCKAY also contains two bloody violent scenes as well as an excessive amount of strong foul language. The movie’s sexual content is implied rather than depicted, however. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for this tale of greed, deceit, jealousy, and murder.