For Ellen

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For Ellen
For ellen poster.jpg
Directed by So Yong Kim
Produced by So Yong Kim
Paul Dano (executive)
Jen Gatien
Bradley Rust Gray
Written by So Yong Kim
Starring Paul Dano
Jon Heder
Shaylena Mandigo
Music by Jóhann Jóhannsson
Cinematography Reed Morano
Edited by Bradley Rust Gray
So Yong Kim
Distributed by Tribeca Film
Release date
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $20,746[1][2]

For Ellen is a 2012 American drama film written, produced and directed by So Yong Kim. It stars Paul Dano, who also served as an executive producer.


Joby Taylor (Paul Dano) is a musician that in the midst of a nasty divorce and child custody battle faces hard choices about his floundering music career and being a father.



The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012, before being shown at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 12, 2012. It was released in the US for a limited theatrically run on September 5, 2012 and nationwide through VOD on September 19, 2012.[3]

Critical reaction[edit]

It holds a 66% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, who gave the film three and a half out of four stars, praised Dano's acting, and wrote, "This performance, unlike anything Paul Dano has ever done, must have required some courage".[4]


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