"Unfulfilling Story of Lonely Young Artists"
What You Need To Know:
Like many independent movies, the ending of LIKE SUNDAY, LIKE RAIN is too open ended and ends on a somewhat depressing mood. However, the performance of young Julian Shatkin as Reggie is especially good, especially for such a demanding role. Also, the movie’s musical soundtrack is memorable and mesmerizing. That said, LIKE SUNDAY, LIKE RAIN has a humanist worldview, with 29 obscenities and profanities, some cigarette smoking, and lots of lying and other misbehavior. Ultimately, LIKE SUNDAY, LIKE RAIN offers a lot of broken relationships, but no real solution for healing. Extreme caution is advised.
(H, Ro, PaPa, LLL, V, S, NN, A, D, MMM) Light humanist worldview makes humans the central focus, mixed with a Romantic view of relationships and art (including an idea that art can heal the hurts experienced in life) and some pagan elements as characters often behave in whatever way they see fit; 29 obscenities and profanities, partial depiction of a girl urinating in the bathroom with sounds; a guitar is dropped out a window onto the street in anger; it’s implied an unmarried couple lives together, boy tells friend he’ll never get a girl to sleep with him; boy takes shirt off in bathroom, painting of a partially nude woman in a museum; man drinks a beer while watching TV, girl works in a bar that serves alcohol, woman asks for a drink to be delivered to her room; some cigarette smoking; and, boy pays people to help him disobey and lie to his parents, woman lies on a job application, woman lies about her experience in a job interview, property of others is destroyed out of anger, couple fights constantly, mother is rude to her maid and son, mother ignores her son, girl fights bitterly with her parents, family ignores a hospitalized family member close to death, nanny disobeys parental instructions for her charge.
LIKE SUNDAY, LIKE RAIN offers a sometimes appealing but ultimately unsatisfying story of two lonely young artists, a child prodigy and his new nanny.
As the movie opens, 12-year-old child prodigy, Reggie, finds himself isolated in his family’s Upper Eastside mansion in New York City. After his father died, his mother, Barbara, remarried a wealthy businessman who works out of China. Paying little attention to her son, Barbara is annoyed by Reggie’s vegetarian diet and adult mannerisms. Though his life and whereabouts are of no real concern to her, she finds it necessary to employ a live-in nanny for him. Reggie detests this, insisting he can take care of himself. Just as Barbara plans to join her husband in China for several weeks, Reggie’s nanny quits, causing a last-minute scramble to find a replacement.
Enter Eleanor, a young bartender who has just broken up with her boyfriend, Nick, a wannabe rock guitarist. After moving out of Nick’s apartment, Eleanor finds herself with nowhere to go and is fired from her job. She lucks out the next day when a friend suggests that she try a temp agency that places nannies. Immediately, she’s sent to interview with Reggie’s mother who hires her on the spot. Eleanor must quickly adjust to life among the rich and realize what a lonely existence it is for Reggie with only the maid, Elsa, to talk to, in fluent Spanish no less.
Reggie’s talents impress Eleanor. She learns he’s an accomplished musician, composer, mathematician, and has an affinity for reading a variety of books. He seems to prefer old-fashioned things and has a deep understanding of the arts that surpasses that of most adults.
One thing is perfectly clear, however. Reggie likes to get his way and defies his mother’s rules in favor of enjoying life on his own terms, not that she notices anyway. He convinces Eleanor to let him skip summer camp, and they hit it off over countless meals, car rides, walks in the park, and the occasional movie. Their relationship gradually turns into one of friendship, even bordering on the concept of soul-mates.
When tragedy strikes Eleanor’s life, Reggie refuses to leave her side. Together, they help each other navigate the lonely, dark waters of their lives and emerge from the depths, rediscovering the lost art of the human soul.
As is the tendency of many independent movies, the ending of this one leaves things open ended and even manages to create a depressed state. It tries to offer a small glimmer of hope at the end, but that does nothing to alleviate the need for closure. The performance of young Julian Shatkin as Reggie is especially good for such a demanding role, and the musical soundtrack is memorable and mesmerizing.
Sadly, the movie is tainted by 29 obscenities and profanities, usually involving arguments between Eleanor and Nick. There are implications of Eleanor’s sister working in a strip club, and the movie “treats” viewers to a large dose of fights among family members as well. Clearly, the idea of broken relationships is one of the driving factors of this movie. There is some cigarette smoking, references to sex, references to an unmarried couple living together, and lots of selfish, immoral behavior. LIKE SUNDAY, LIKE RAIN is definitely not for children, and extreme caution is advised for older teenagers and adults.