Writer and director Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness, Life During Wartime) examines the irretrievability of youth and the mercilessness of time passing in Dark Horse. In his mid-30s, Abe (Jordan Gelber) clings to the trappings of his adolescence. Still living with his parents Jackie (Christopher Walken) and Phyllis (Mia Farrow), Abe works for his increasingly disappointed Dad and spends evenings ruthlessly trouncing his Mom at backgammon. When Abe meets Miranda (Selma Blair), whose personal and professional disasters have sent her scrambling back to the safety of her parents' suburban home, he sees what he thinks is a chance at true love. As the couple haltingly prepares to start a new life together, the film swerves into Abe's subconscious, where his crippling self-doubt and dark fears begin to undermine his nearly realized dream of a fuller life.
- Todd Solondz
- Todd Solondz
- Justin Bartha, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Jordan Gelber, Christopher Walken
For once, Solondz seems less interested in scoring points off his characters than in creeping into their shy, sad interior worlds.Stephanie Zacharek, Los Angeles Times, 07.26.2012
Abe may deserve all that comes to him, but the question of how he got this way sustains the picture, against all odds.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 06.20.2012
[Solondz] pulls one too many narrative stunts, with one too many dream sequences, calling into question the reality of everything that's happened - including that soap-operatic finale.Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, 07.19.2012
Even though Todd Solondz' latest journey into suburban dysfunction may seem dark (and is), it's also about joy, and how easily it's wasted.John Anderson, Newsday, 06.21.2012