Something that few people know about me is my passion for independent film, so I decided to take today's post and talk about two of my favorite indies that have come out recently, Charlie Bartlett and Young @ Heart (I should note that yes, I did enjoy Juno, but everybody and their cow enjoyed Juno, so how is that special?).
To be quite honest, I couldn't find one defining part of the movie to summarize the whole thing, so here's the trailer:
It is rated R, mostly for the prescription drug use and an implied sex scene, but Robert Downey Jr.'s performance as the alcoholic Principal Gardner is just beyond belief. It has you thinking throughout to the movie as to who you should/shouldn't trust during the movie as numerous characters often change their behavior throughout the movie.
Young @ Heart:
A 2008 documentary good for the whole family* that follows a senior citizen choir from New England, and does really tug at the heart strings. Probably the most emotional piece from the film (below) is a cover of Coldplay's Fix You, which was supposed to be a duet, but half of the duo died the morning of the performance.
* Whole Family: Since the film does involve senior citizens and due to recent studies that suggest that 100% of seniors die at some point, make sure your kids understand the concept of death before seeing this movie. If not, sit them down and have them watch Lion King. If you don't have Lion King, SHAME ON YOU!
Young @ Heart is rated PG.
Both films are available to rent at your local video store.