Moving Tale of Forgiveness and Redemption
Release Date: July 30, 2010
Starring: Bill Murray, Robert Duvall,
Gerald McRaney, Lucas Black,
Sissy Spacek, and Bill Cobbs
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 101 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Aaron Schneider
Executive Producer: David B. Ginsberg, Harrison
Zanuck, C. Gaby Mitchell,
Chris Provenzano, Joey Rappa,
Robert Duvall, Rob Carliner,
Oliver Simon, Daniel Baur,
Alain Midzic, Dariusc
Wojterkowski, Don Mandrik,
Blerim Destani, and Brad &
Producer: Dean Zanuck and David Gundlach
Writer: Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcia Bloom
Sony Pictures Classics
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For decades, the townspeople have wondered about Felix, the crazy, old hermit on the edge of town. Legend surrounds the solitary curmudgeon who only comes to town every once in a while for supplies. Then one day, Felix comes into town, saying it is time for him to “get low” and prepare for his funeral.
With a big roll of cash in his hand, Felix meets with a local pastor, saying he wants to buy a funeral and buy forgiveness. The pastor tells Felix that forgiveness is free and that he cannot buy it. All Felix has to do is ask for forgiveness, the pastor says.
Felix storms out of the church and is met by Frank Quinn, the local funeral home director played by Bill Murray. Frank is more than happy to grant Felix his wish for a funeral, especially if Frank can get his hands on Felix’s sizeable money. Felix agrees to work with Frank, but Felix has an odd request: he wants all the townspeople to come to a live funeral while he is still alive.
As Frank helps Felix prepare for his unusual last request for a live funeral, the two men each learn about the free gift of forgiveness and the beauty of redemption.
GET LOW is one of the best movies for mature audiences this year. The story develops at a perfect pace. The direction is simple and direct. The acting is superb. Robert Duvall’s scene-stealing performance as Felix is magnificent. He leads a very talented cast, which boasts great performances from Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Bill Cobbs, and relative newcomer Lucas Black.
GET LOW has foul language (29 mostly light obscenities and seven profanities), some very light violence, and some mature thematic elements (such as Felix confessing to adultery in his past). However, it is filled with strong moral, redemptive and Christian elements including forgiveness, positive mention of prayer, pastors, and a Christian funeral. The only short-failing of the movie’s redemptive content is that, even though Felix eventually asks for forgiveness, he never deliberately calls on Jesus Christ for salvation, though it is implied. However, discerning audiences, especially older teens and adults, will certainly enjoy this fantastic, dramatic tale based on a true story.
GET LOW is one of the best movies for mature audiences this year. The story develops at a perfect pace. The direction is simple and direct. Robert Duvall’s scene-stealing performance as Felix is magnificent. He leads a very talented cast. GET LOW has plenty of foul language, most of it light. It also has brief violence and some mature elements, such as a confession of past adultery. However, the movie is filled with strong moral, redemptive and Christian elements including forgiveness, prayer, a positive pastor, and a Christian funeral.