Rudderless

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Released 2014

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Director:
William H. Macy
Released:
2014
Rating:
R
Award-winning actor William H. Macy makes his directorial debut in this heartfelt and inspirational drama lead by an exemplary cast. Sam (Billy Crudup), a former high-profile ad executive, is devastated by the sudden death of his musician son. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son's demo tapes, the grieving father's downward spiral comes to a standstill as he explores this unexpected gift. After mustering the will to perform one of the songs at a local bar, Sam meets and forms a friendship with Quentin (Anton Yelchin), a young musician. The unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes a local sensation, and they set out on an emotional musical journey that ultimately revitalizes both of their lives.

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  • 83

    HitFix

    [Crudup] responds with a performance that's funny, heartbreaking and confidently musical, anchoring a film with a challenging and sometimes shaky premise that very much requires hi...

  • 80

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Though some plot elements are pushily therapeutic, they're offset by others whose novelty distinguishes Rudderless from movies of its sort.

  • 75

    The Playlist

    It's an ambitious and strong first start for Macy's filmmaking career as he's clearly taken a note or two from some of the great filmmakers he's worked for. Don't let the title of ...

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Arts, Comedy, Drama, Music