Other People's Children


Drama / Romance

IMDb Rating 6.3


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85 min
P/S 3 / 0

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Reviewed by ferguson-6 5

Greetings again from the darkness. Every new independent film offers the hope of discovering an exciting new writer, director or actor ? someone who will bring a new edge to the world of filmmaking. Of course, not every new film is ground-breaking, and sometimes we have to be pretty observant to spot a glimmer of shiny new gold. The feature film debut from director Liz Hinlein proves she and her cinematographer Edward Button each have the eye of a photographer, as the beauty of many of the shots provide the feel of a better movie than what we are watching. <br/><br/>Diane Marshall-Green stars as Sam, a wannabe filmmaker whose life is in a downward spiral with no direction following the death of her famous painter father Frank Trassler (Scott Patterson, who baseball fans will remember as McGrevey in Little Big League). A happenstance coffee shop meet provides Sam with a subject for her new documentary ? a homeless young man named P.K. (Chad Michael Murray). Sam takes to photographing and interviewing P.K. and his fellow young homeless group. In the blink of an eye, her loft apartment is transformed into a crash pad for all homeless peeps that cross paths with P.K. and his band of misfits. <br/><br/>Sam and P.K. quickly fall into a relationship, and ? well ? basically the whole thing is simply too neat and tidy to buy into. There is nothing realistic or gritty or believable about these homeless folks. They all look like Hollywood actors with great hair and make-up ? only dressed down with tattered clothes. To his credit, Chad Michael Murray appears to have lost a significant amount of weight to pull off the drug addict physique (well except for the sculpted abs and biceps), it&#39;s just unfortunate that he&#39;s too darned attractive to pull off the living-on-the-streets kid. Diane Marshall-Green has a delightful on screen persona (and she is very pleasant to look at), it&#39;s just that she doesn&#39;t yet have the acting chops to elevate the material and unrealistic setting.<br/><br/>The best supporting work comes courtesy of Harrison Thomas (&quot;Banshee&quot;) as Eddie and Alyssa Diaz (&quot;Ray Donovan&quot;) as Trina. Once again, they are both entirely too attractive and polished for their life on the street, however, they do bring an element of intrigue to their limited roles. In fact, there is hardly a grungy moment in the film (other than beer bottles strewn about the apartment), which doesn&#39;t really work ? even for the homeless in always sunny Los Angeles. We know suffering is a daily challenge for the homeless, and a movie about them shouldn&#39;t gloss over this.<br/><br/>So while the film probably won&#39;t shake up the movie industry or shatter box office records, there are a few nuggets here that provide some hope for future projects. Notably director Liz Hinlein, and actors Diane Marshall-Green, Harrison Thomas and Alyssa Diaz are a few to keep an eye on.

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Reviewed by subxerogravity 6

It was an OK film, but not really my cup of tea. <br/><br/>It&#39;s about a wannabe film maker whose the daughter of a famous painter who recently died. She&#39;s inspired after meeting a homeless kid to do a documentary about them, but she gets in too deep on her subjects.<br/><br/>It was well shot. It reminds me of the film, Where the Day Takes You, but that movie was better done.<br/><br/>Chad Micheal Murray was actually really good in this flick though. He worked well with the character he was given.<br/><br/>The characters live in a world that I&#39;m not a part off and care not to be and it does nothing to draw me into their world to take any kind of interest.

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Reviewed by hampersnow-28905 3

As much as this movie is a stinking pile of nonsense, I think people should watch it for the sheer entertainment of seeing homeless people and drug addicts portrayed by pretty Hollywood actors. The story about a filmmaker who falls for one of her subjects, somehow manages to hit every false note. There is not one realistic thing about this movie. Chad Michael Murray has never looked hotter or more sculpted, but he&#39;s playing a homeless guy ? Street people with $300 haircuts and gorgeous make-up jobs ? and then there&#39;s the lead actress who not only isn&#39;t a good actress but she&#39;s called upon to play one of the most unlikable, stupidest characters ever. We&#39;re suppose to believe she&#39;s a photographer and filmmaker and as a photographer I just sat there shaking my head in disbelief. On top of all this , the film asks us to understand her and feel sympathy for her but is that possible when her character is written as a moron, going from bad decisions to ones that have you asking &quot;who in real life does that ???&quot;. I have to admit I was mesmerized at how bad this is. Throw in bad editing, some shaky camera work, dialogue so preposterous it&#39;s funny plus Chad nude and sit back , relax and enjoy this stinker.

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