Cheyenne (Sean Penn) is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses "goth" and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The plot turns are playful as well as jolting, and the visual shocks are gentle: a bison on the porch, the world's largest pistachio, Mr. Penn in his makeup.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 11.01.2012
If the movie doesn't entirely get past its hard-to-buy premise, director Paolo Sorrentino does have the courage of his convictions, not just embracing every contradiction but spinning many of the story's contrivances into moments of strange, aching beauty.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 11.01.2012
Penn is astonishing, creating a funny, guileless waif, infusing a faded celebrity figure with tactility and humor.Chris Packham, Village Voice, 11.01.2012
The movie replaces emotional precision and intellectual honesty with syrupy sincerity and insistence.Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 11.08.2012