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(2021) (Cooper Hoffman, Alana Haim) (R)
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- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A mature 15-year-old child actor and enterprising entrepreneur finds himself attracted to a 25-year-old woman, resulting in an unusual friendship, business arrangement and possible romance.
It's 1973 and Gary Valentine (COOPER HOFFMAN) is a 15-year-old high school student, professional actor, and serial entrepreneur. When he spots Alana Kane (ALANA HAIM) during a yearbook photo session, he's instantly smitten, but the 25-year-old thinks he's full of himself, albeit with some degree of charm.
Jumping at whatever he thinks will be the next big business opportunity, Gary convinces Alana to join him in creating a waterbed company, while also trying to get her into the acting business which leads to an audition and night out with legendary actor Jack Holden (SEAN PENN).
As their friendship and business partnership grows and Gary still longs for something more, they have their share of ups and downs and interesting encounters, be that with volatile Hollywood producer Jon Peters (BRADLEY COOPER) or councilman Joel Wachs (BENNY SAFDIE) who's running for mayor.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might have some interest, especially if they're fans of director Paul Thomas Anderson ("There Will Be Blood," "Magnolia").
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language, sexual material, and some drug use.
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