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Drake Doremus 2012
Midlife malaise spirals into midlife meltdown in Drake Doremus’s follow-up to Like Crazy (2011). When English 18-year-old Sophie (Felicity Jones) arrives in New York to stay with the family of failed rock guitarist Keith (Guy Pearce), jealousy and marital discord ensue.
Piano prodigy Sophie stirs Keith’s yearnings for the life he left behind (“being creative, being inspired”) to become a school music teacher (“it’s a job”) and family man. Pearce is note-perfect in a drama taut with tension and laden with regret – but this is no American Beauty.