Stretch (2014 film)

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Stretch
Stretch (2014 film).jpg
Directed by Joe Carnahan
Produced by Jason Blum
Screenplay by Joe Carnahan
Story by
  • Jerry Corley
  • Rob Rose
  • Joe Carnahan
Starring
Music by Ludwig Göransson
Cinematography Yasu Tanida
Edited by Kevin Hale
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • October 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Stretch is a 2014 American direct-to-video action comedy thriller film written and directed by Joe Carnahan. The film stars Patrick Wilson, Brooklyn Decker, Chris Pine, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba. The film was originally set for a March 21, 2014, release but was scrapped by Universal Pictures. It was later released on iTunes and Amazon.com on October 7, 2014, followed by a video on demand release on October 14, 2014.

Plot[edit]

A man nicknamed Stretch is thrown out of his car after a traffic accident in which the other driver, Candace, ignores a red light. Miraculously uninjured, he confronts Candace, only to fall instantly in love with her. A year later, Stretch is inspired to give up his addictions to cocaine and gambling. Immediately after they have sex, Candace abruptly tells him that she wants to break up. Hurt by the sudden rejection, Stretch's life spirals into self-destruction and failure, which he blames on Candace. A failed actor, he works in Los Angeles as a limo driver. Though he has quit gambling, he retains a $6000 debt to Ignacio, who demands the debt be paid by midnight. At the same time, Stretch begins hallucinating the bitter ghost of another failed actor and limo driver named Karl, who committed suicide in front of a customer.

His boss, Naseem, calls him to his office and tells him that their chief competitor, a mysterious man known only as The Jovi, has been stealing their clients. Unless they can steal clients away from The Jovi, Naseem will be forced to fold his business. Although unsure how he will retain his job or pay back his debts, Stretch takes time to set up a blind date with a woman from an online dating site. At the same time, he begs Charlie, a sympathetic employee, to direct any high-paying customers his way. When The Jovi steals his first client, actor David Hasselhoff, Charlie sends Stretch to intercept one of The Jovi's clients, Ray Liotta. Liotta tasks Stretch with returning a pistol and prop badge, but before he can do so, Charlie sends him another client, Roger Karos, an eccentric playboy with a reputation for extremist hedonism. Karos parachutes down naked to the arranged location and offers to pay Stretch's gambling debt if he serves without question.

As Stretch drives Karos to exclusive nightclubs and hotspots of dubious legality, Karl berates him for putting himself at increasing risk, both personally and legally, for such a small sum of money. Karos' final destination is a secretive sex club. Karos gives Stretch 100 minutes to return to the sex club with an important briefcase and a supply of cocaine. When Stretch attempts to retrieve the briefcase, he learns from Laurent, a French blackmailer, that Karos has promised to trade a ledger for the contents of the briefcase. Using Liotta's props, Stretch successfully cons Laurent and his men into believing that he is a police officer, and they surrender the briefcase. As he leaves the nightclub, he sees Candace and nonchalantly insinuates that he is both successful and important now. When Candace expresses interest in him, he turns her down. Unimpressed, Karl continues to harangue him for his inadequacies.

Stretch procures the cocaine from a reality television star, who then steals the limo. Meanwhile, Liotta complains to Naseem, who fires Stretch. Undeterred, Stretch reacquires the limo, which has been trashed, only to lose it to The Jovi's brother, Boris, who operates a tow truck. Stretch once again retrieves the limo, though it has been reported as stolen. Stretch fast talks the security system operator into believing that he is a cop whose life is on the line during a gunfight, and he returns to Karos, who complains that he is a minute late. Ignacio also complains that he is late in his payment, and Stretch instructs Ignacio to meet him at Karos' destination. There, Karos abandons Stretch to The Jovi and Boris, though Ignacio intercedes. Laurent, revealed to be an American cop, also appears and arrests Karos, who is wanted for embezzlement. As Karos prepares to kill Laurent in a sneak attack, Stretch creates a diversion by blowing up the limo, saves Laurent's life, and escapes.

Later, at a diner, Stretch gives the ledger to Laurent, who declines to arrest him and compliments his acting skills. As Stretch looks around the diner, he realizes that he has ended up at the meeting point he set up with his blind date. He is surprised to find that the woman is there; when she is revealed to be Charlie, the two laugh and passionately kiss.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming began in July 2013.[1]

Release[edit]

The film was originally set to be released on March 21, 2014.[1] On January 21, 2014, the film's March release was scrapped by Universal Pictures, in what The Hollywood Reporter called "an apparently unprecedented move."[5] The film's producer, Jason Blum, was permitted to shop the film to other distributors. Having failed to strike a deal, the film reverted to Universal Pictures, where a source said the studio and filmmakers would explore "creative" options for releasing it.[6] On September 25, the first official trailer was released.[7] The film was released on iTunes and Amazon.com on October 7, 2014, before being released on VOD on October 14, 2014.[8]

Reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 89% of nine surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 7/10.[9] Jordan Hoffman of The Guardian wrote, "While the movie does eventually ramp up to a terrific purr, it hits plenty of speed bumps in its opening. There's a significant settling-in period (and some may just be unable to get on board at all), but it does settle in once the 'one night' begins."[10] Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club rated it B− and called it "puerile, demented, and often funny".[11] Drew Taylor of Indiewire rated it B+ and called it a potential cult film if it can reach an adventurous audience.[12] Cliff Wheatley of IGN rated it 8.9/10 and called it "a snowball of carnage and comedy".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Spring Date Set for Joe Carnahan’s ‘Stretch’". slashfilm.com. 21 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jessica Alba Joins Joe Carnahan’s ‘Stretch’". deadline.com. 21 June 2013. 
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (2013-06-25). "James Badge Dale Joins 'Stretch' Film (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  4. ^ Earp, Catherine (2013-06-26). "David Hasselhoff, Ray Liotta join Chris Pine in 'Stretch'". Digitalspy.ca. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  5. ^ Masters, Kim (February 27, 2014). "Jason Blum's Crowded Movie Morgue: Downside of a Microbudget Empire". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ Masters, Kim (January 21, 2014). "Universal Drops Patrick Wilson Movie 'Stretch' on Eve of Theatrical Release". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ Franich, Darren (September 25, 2014). "Patrick Wilson is a chauffeur in trailer for Joe Carnahan's 'Stretch'". ew.com. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ Franich, Darren (September 25, 2014). "Patrick Wilson is a chauffeur in trailer for Joe Carnahan's 'Stretch'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Stretch (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ Hoffman, Jordan (October 9, 2014). "Joe Carnahan's Stretch review: limo drivers are as miserable as the rest of us". The Guardian. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ Vishnevetsky, Ignatiy (October 9, 2014). "Chris Pine leads a demented ride through L.A. excess in Stretch". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ Taylor, Drew (October 15, 2014). "Review: Joe Carnahan's 'Stretch' Starring Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine and James Badge Dale". Indiewire. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ Wheatley, Cliff (October 14, 2014). "Snowball of carnage!". IGN. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 

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