Dark Horse (DVD)

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Todd Solonz writes and directs this bittersweet dark comedy drama charting the dysfunctional romance that unfolds between two 30-something misfits. Abe (Jordan Gelber) is a balding, chronically dissatisfied 'kidult' who works for his father (Christopher Walken), is spoiled rotten by his doting mother (Mia Farrow), and spends his free time indulging his passion for collecting toys. When he meets Miranda (Selma Blair), a failed writer going through post break-up depression, the two gradually enter into an unstable relationship with a habit of going off at some unexpected and bizarre tangents.

Product Details

Barcode
5060301630080
Department
Movies & TV
Released
24 Sep 2012
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Studio
Axiom Films
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
86 min
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Dark Horse
Release Year
2011
Running Time
84 min
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / Black Comedy / Families
US Box Office
$0.2 million
Official Website
http://www.darkhorsemovie.com/
Ratings
IMDb
5.9
Rotten Tomatoes®
69% 41%
Metacritic
66
Synopsis
Todd Solondz's black comedy DARK HORSE stars Jordan Gelber as Abe, a thirtysomething loser still living with mom and dad, and employed at his father's company, even though he would rather spend his time buying toys online. He meets Miranda (Selma Blair), and tries repeatedly to go on a date with her. When he finally succeeds in this endeavor, he asks her to marry him. Soon she has given him hepatitis, and Abe goes through a series of hallucinations involving his father's secretary. DARK HORSE played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Poster
Poster for Dark Horse
Cast & Crew
Director
Todd Solondz
Star
Christopher Walken / Justin Bartha / Selma Blair / Mia Farrow / Jordan Gelber / Aasif Mandvi / Donna Murphy
Co-Star
Zachary Booth / Di Quon / Mary Joy / Tyler Maynard / Peter McRobbie / Lee Wilkof / Melisa Young
Screenwriter
Todd Solondz
Director of Photography
Andrij Parekh
Hairstylist
Daisy Curbeon
Assistant Director
Atilla Yucer
Sound
Eric Offin
Stunt Coordinator
Manny Siverio
Set Decorator
Kris Moran / Malcolm Sonsire
Post-Production Supervisor
Craig Shilowich
Music Director
Michael Hill
Visual Effects Designer
Fly Studio
Production Manager/UPM
Craig Shilowich
Photography
Jo Jo Whilden
Choreographer
Dan Knechtges
Casting
Rita Powers
Movie Critics
Box Office
3 stars out of 5 -- "He's either daring you not to laugh or daring you not to care, but either way, you'll laugh, care and worry about the consequences in DARK HORSE, the newest by uggo-auteur Todd Solondz."
Sara Vizcarrondo (7 Jun 2012, )
Chicago Sun-Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "DARK HORSE is another of his portraits of anguish in suburbia....There are times when it is dark humor, and then times when it is simply dark."
Roger Ebert (20 Jun 2012, )
Movieline
"While skipping the more shocking turns of something like HAPPINESS, DARK HORSE does feel like a return to the fearless darkness of those earlier films, a tale of a loser who's fully drawn but never allowed to be lovable."
Alison Willmore (7 Jun 2012, )
New York Times
"Mr. Solondz brilliantly -- triumphantly -- turns this impression on its head, transforming what might have been an exercise in easy satirical cruelty into a tremendously moving argument for the necessity of compassion."
A. O. Scott (8 Jun 2012, )
Sight and Sound
"[Solondz is] back again, and on top form, with a feature that's darkly comic yet also very touching....There's an air of sympathy in the comedy..."
Trevor Johnston (1 Jul 2012, )
Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "The saving grace here is the acting: Gelber bringing a bittersweet poignancy to Abe...and Blair finding mopey mirth in a character..."
Neil Smith (1 Jun 2012, )
Uncut
"DARK HORSE is perhaps Solondz's most straightforward movie....[It finds] the director engaging with his favourite theme: suburban loneliness."
Michael Bonner (1 Jul 2012, )