Other People (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Chris Kelly|
|Written by||Chris Kelly|
|Music by||Julian Wass|
|Edited by||Patrick Colman|
|Distributed by||Vertical Entertainment|
Other People is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Chris Kelly in his feature directorial debut. The film stars Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow, Madisen Beaty, John Early, Zach Woods, Josie Totah (then known as J.J. Totah prior to transitioning),[Note 1] and June Squibb. It is a semi-autobiographical look at Kelly's family.
David, a 29-year-old gay man, moves home to Sacramento to take care of his mother, Joanne, who's in the advanced stages of leiomyosarcoma. Being home is further complicated by his father's refusal to accept his sexuality, ten years after he came out. As Joanne struggles through chemo, decides to quit treatment, and begins to decline, each of the family members deal with the inevitable loss in their own way.
- Jesse Plemons as David Mulcahey
- Molly Shannon as Joanne Mulcahey
- Bradley Whitford as Norman Mulcahey
- Maude Apatow as Alexandra Mulcahey
- John Early as Gabe
- Zach Woods as Paul
- Madisen Beaty as Rebeccah Mulcahey
- J.J. Totah[Note 1] as Justin
- June Squibb as Ruth-Anne
- Paul Dooley as Ronnie
- Retta as Nina
- Matt Walsh as Steve
- Paula Pell as Aunt Patti
- Colton Dunn as Dan
- Mike Mitchell as Donnie
- Nicole Byer as Charlie
- Lennon Parham as Vicki
- Rose Abdoo as Anne
- D'Arcy Carden as Jessica
- Drew Tarver as Craig
The film is loosely based on Kelly's own mother's death in 2009. Kelly chose to deliberately start the film by showing Molly Shannon's character dying "because I didn’t want the movie to be about, 'Well, does she or doesn’t she?'" also noting that it sets the tone for the rest of the movie. Shannon was an early choice for Kelly although his managers expressed doubt about this happening from an early stage. Kelly noted that Shannon in the film resembles his actual mom stating "I don’t look at the movie and see my dad as that, or myself, or my sisters, but I do see my mom, and it was kind of accidental," adding that he had felt weird directing her due to the similarities. Sissy Spacek was originally attached to play Joanne.
The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 21. It was the opening night film at the San Diego International Film Festival and the closing night film at OUTFEST. It also played at film festivals in Dallas, Sarasota, Seattle, Nantucket, Sundance London Prague and Brno.
In February 2016, Netflix acquired worldwide streaming rights to the film. At the same time, Vertical Entertainment picked up the North American theatrical rights for the film and plans on releasing the film in the fall for a campaign targeted at the 2017 Oscars. The film was scheduled to be released on September 9, 2016.
Other People received positive reviews from critics. It holds an 85% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 59 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Other People resists easy melodrama, rewarding viewers with a smart, subtle look at family dynamics with a talented cast and a finely calibrated blend of funny and serious moments." On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 68 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
In its review of the film, The Hollywood Reporter stated, "Ably playing the loving son, a comedy writer quietly worrying that his life is falling apart even without having Mom's cancer in the picture, Jesse Plemons delivers on the promise he has shown in so many supporting roles since his Friday Night Lights breakthrough." New York magazine praised Shannon's performance and the supporting performance of Totah, describing his performance as follows: "The child actor is only featured in two of Other People's scenes—he plays the flamboyant younger brother of Plemons’s best friend—but he makes the goddamn most of them: Totah waltzes into his first scene casually hitting on the far-older Plemons, then spends his second scene in drag, staging an over-the-top, twerk-filled performance for his bemused family."
Molly Shannon won Best Supporting Female at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards while Jesse Plemons was nominated for Best Male Lead; Chris Kelly for Best First Screenplay; and Chris Kelly, Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, and Naomi Scott for Best First Feature. The film won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Nantucket Film Festival.
- Now known as Josie Totah following gender transition in 2018.
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