This reminded me of “American History X,” a masterpiece, also directed by Kaye. Samantha Logan as Spitting Daughter. Adrian Brody is remarkable in this role and I believed every single action taken by his character. Charles Seaboldt Christina Hendricks The issues are never resolved, they just seem to linger throughout. The 91st Academy Awards isn’t the first year the show won’t have a host, but it will be the first time since the Snow White and Rob Lowe incident. KJ Proulx Super Reviewer.

Christina Hendricks as Ms. Stephen Payne as John on Bus. Madison, and a street hooker named Erica, whom Henry has personally granted brief shelter from the streets. It showcases a career best performance Ed Norton in that movie in a character piece that isn’t so much about a personal journey as it is a grand statement about a specific social problem that will continue to thrive with no end in sight. The role played by Sami Gayle is astonishing, where she found that character is beyond me. Collins as John in Apartment.

Henry Barthes Adrien Brody is a substitute teacher brought in to a struggling urban high school to teach English and work with kids who are performing at a very low grade. Full Cast and Crew. View All Critic Reviews Perkins Tim Blake Nelson Grampa Isiah Whitlock Jr.

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Was this review helpful to you? I had the pleasure of driving Tony to the screening, and decided that I would stay for a few minutes to see the opening few minutes of the film, after seeing just a few seconds of it during the tech rehearsal earlier.


Alex Boniello as Dennis. No solutions given but the disturbing thought that some things will never change. Post Share on Facebook. Detachment is a chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes.

Madison, and a street hooker named Erica, whom Henry has personally granted brief shelter from the streets. Renee Felice Smith as Missy.


It assesses these issues not with hope but with pitch black honesty. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends.

Principal Carol Dearden James Caan Stephen Payne as John on Bus. It is non-stop gloom and doom, and it seems each person is having major issues: It’s this very mirroring in the individuals that make this quite a thought provoking character study, as well as a diatribe on the state of the American educational system and the problems therein.

He’s rarely offscreen for the entirety of the film and even though it’s no surprise that he delivers his usual reliability, he’s especially good with a very powerful and charismatic performance. Mary Joy as Female Orderly. Life is an ocean of chaos and the realization that you are the one supposed to throw the buoy while struggling to stay afloat is devastating.

As time goes on, though, Mr. This reminded me of “American History X,” a masterpiece, also directed by Kaye. We all need something to distract us from complexity, reality. Celia Schaefer as Gretchen from the Free Clinic.


Nov 7, Rating: Mark Walker Super Reviewer. Edit Details Official Sites: After 30 seconds, I was hooked and could not get away.

On the one hand, he’s a caring individual but on the other, he deliberately keeps a distance from people as he’s consumed by a guilt that doesn’t belong to him.

Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Mama Kohn as Prep Club Girl 1. Lucy Liu as Dr. When a new assignment places him at a public school where a frustrated, burned-out administration has created an apathetic student body, Henry soon becomes a role ddistacco to the disaffected youth.

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Ronen Rubinstein as Gangsta. Tough to watch in places, but necessary. Cut from the same cloth as the, Oscar nominated, Ryan Gosling movie “Half Nelson”, director Tony Kaye delivers a good insight into the difficulties of teaching and the importance of instilling a good childhood and sense of self in our youth.