Starting Out in the Evening

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Released 2007

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Director:
Andrew Wagner
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
Starting Out in the Evening is a 2007 adaptation of the Brian Morton novel of the same name. Leonard Schiller (Frank Langella) is an aging author still working to complete his final novel. The decade-long process has kept him out of the spotlight, and he finds himself forgotten by today's literary world. He is reluctant to answer when Heather Wolfe (Lauren Ambrose), a plucky Brown University graduate student, comes knocking on his door. But Heather does not give up and eventually succeeds in convincing the author that with his help, her master's thesis will be instrumental in reintroducing his work to the public. At the same time, Leonard's daughter Ariel (Lili Taylor) is growing anxious about turning forty and desperate to have a child, much to the chagrin of her ex-lover, Casey Davis (Adrian Lester). The film follows these four characters at such radically different places in their lives as their influence on each other turns everything upside down.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Intelligent, involving and conspicuously adult, Starting Out in the Evening is almost shocking in its distinctiveness, its ability to create high drama from an unlikely source.

  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    What is so remarkable about Mr. Langella is that he seems to hold Leonard's intellectual cosmos inside him, to make it implicit in the man's every gesture and pause.

  • 80

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Director Andrew Wagner draws topnotch work from a pro cast in Starting Out in the Evening, a wise, carefully observed chamber drama.

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