The Brass Teapot
|The Brass Teapot|
|Directed by||Ramaa Mosley|
|Written by||Tim Macy|
|Music by||Andrew Hewitt|
|Distributed by||Magnolia Pictures|
The Brass Teapot is a 2012 American film directed by Ramaa Mosley. The movie's script was written by Tim Macy, who also wrote the short story the movie is based on. The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2012 and was released into theaters and video on demand on April 5, 2013.
The movie follows John (Michael Angarano) and Alice (Juno Temple), a down on their luck couple that comes across a Jewish magical brass teapot capable of providing them with money. The only catch is that they must harm themselves in order for the teapot to provide. They must then decide what they are willing to do in order to gain financial security.
- Juno Temple as Alice
- Michael Angarano as John
- Alexis Bledel as Payton
- Alia Shawkat as Louise
- Bobby Moynihan as Chuck
- Ben Rappaport as Ricky
- Billy Magnussen as Arnie
- Steve Park as Dr. Li Ling
- Lucy Walters as Mary
- Claudia Mason as Donna
- Debra Monk as Trudy
Critical reception for the film was poor, with The Brass Teapot holding a rating of 30% "rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews. The New York Times criticized the film, saying that while the two lead characters were interesting, the "movie’s best bits lose out to the requisite moral turnaround". The Film School Rejects commented that the darker points of the film's story line were "ill fitting" in contrast with the predominantly "comically light and slapsticky" tone of the overall movie. In contrast, Variety gave a more positive review for the film, saying that Mosely "makes her low-budget enterprise look as slick as most midrange studio comedies, demonstrating herself a director with both imagination and technical ingenuity".
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- Matheson, Whitney (22 April 2013). "Now on demand: 'The Brass Teapot'". USA Today. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
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- Rapold, Nicolas (4 April 2013). "Be Careful What You Wish For". New York Times. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
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