Taking Life as It Comes
Release Date: March 13, 2009
Starring: James Le Gros, Enrico
Colantoni, Michael Shulman,
Brooke Nevin, Donna Murphy,
Lacey Chalbert, and Thomas Ian
Audience: Older teenagers to adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: IFC Films
Director: Craig Saavedra
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Craig Saavedra, Tom Nance, and
Writer: Tom Nance
Address Comments To:International Film Circuit, Inc.
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Phone: (212) 777-5690
The story begins when New Yorker Sherman Black, an uptight, snobbish, momma’s boy with a sense of entitlement and a plan for everything, travels to Napa Valley for a summer internship to surprise his college girlfriend. The surprise turns out to be a bust. As the girlfriend tells him, she’s already found another guy because Sherman is not spontaneous and exciting enough for her.
Unsure of what to do next, Sherman hitches a ride from Palmer, a middle-aged, unsuccessful alpine skiing Olympian who has resigned himself to being a disappointment and a failure. Through an unfortunate turn of events, Sherman loses his wallet and finds himself cut off financially by his controlling mother, who wants to punish him for leaving New York.
With the help of Palmer and a bunch of other quirky characters, Sherman learns to take responsibility for the choices he makes. He also learns that, sometimes, the plans we make don’t always turn out the way we expect them to do. He even learns how to swim and how to drive.
In turn, Sherman helps Palmer learn from the mistakes he made in the past and to move forward with his life so he can embrace the present. Palmer is even encouraged to make amends with his estranged son, which he attempts to do, though quite unsuccessfully. Palmer realizes that, just because he was a failure in the past, it doesn’t mean that he will always be a failure.
As an independent movie, SHERMAN’S WAY has surprisingly good production elements including a well-written script, excellent acting and fine camera work. The movie has many enjoyable moments and some redemptive elements, such as Palmer trying to make amends with his son in his own awkward way, but is ultimately spoiled by its Romantic worldview, excessive foul language, brief nudity, and alcohol use resulting in drunkenness.
As a small movie, SHERMAN’S WAY has surprisingly good production elements including a well-written script, excellent acting and fine camerawork. The movie has many enjoyable moments and some redemptive, winsome elements (such as Palmer awkwardly trying to reconcile with his estranged son), but is ultimately marred by a Romantic worldview, excessive foul language, brief nudity, and a scene of drunkenness.