Jamie Kennedy's favorite movie review site
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 

Overall Rating

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look46.43%
Just Average: 21.43%
Pretty Crappy: 3.57%
Sucks: 28.57%

4 reviews, 4 user ratings

Latest Reviews

Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot, The by Jay Seaver

Laplace's Witch by Jay Seaver

Eighth Grade by Peter Sobczynski

Unfriended: Dark Web by Peter Sobczynski

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! by Peter Sobczynski

Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana by Jay Seaver

Buy Bust by Jay Seaver

Isle of Dogs by Rob Gonsalves

Room Laundering by Jay Seaver

Mega Time Squad by Jay Seaver

subscribe to this feed

Winter Passing
[AllPosters.com] Buy posters from this movie
by Laura Kyle

"Superbly acted and beautifully shot."
4 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2005 AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL: Winter Passing is an impressive debut film from writer/director Adam Rapp and an oustanding "coming out" for star Zooey Deschanel.

Play actress Reese Holden (Deschanel) is all but dead, meandering through the city like a pale, drug addicted ghost. When a publisher begs her to give up letters shared between her famous writer parents, Reese is summoned back to her hometown to find them. She discovers her recluse father (Ed Harris) has moved into the garage, her house taken over by his former student Shelly (Amelia Warner) and the goofy, wannabe rocker Corbit (Will Ferrell -- you thought you'd finally get a dramatic performance out of him, didn't you? Well, not just yet!), the self-appointed "gatekeeper" of the premises who asks Reese for her driver's license upon entering.

Reese is clearly pissed about her upbringing and Shelly's curiosity with her genius artist parents and subsequent relationship with her father (she's younger than Reese) -- Reese would probably label her parents as nothing more than pretentious hacks.

She clings onto the quirky, simpleminded Corbit and struggles to supress her anger toward her aging, stumbling, depressed, alcoholic father whose writing, according to Shelly, now comes as easily as "pulling a piano out of a pond."

Winter Passing is decidedely low-key and sleepy, the "let's mend the family" story very much upstaged by the moody atmosphere and the terrific actors.

Harris is almost unrecognizable at a first glance and Deschanel does what she does best, giving a beautifully subtle, though telling performance. Ferrell is quite good as a strangely oversensitive man who can't sing and play the guitar, at the same time, when in public -- and I immediately started giggling when his character came on the screen.

But his comedic contribution is really all the relief you'll get from a generally slow-paced drama which seems to have almost all its emotions bottled up. Still, the story never fades into the snowy background.

Winter Passing is a carefully crafted, great looking film -- it may not get too overexcited, but if it did, it'd just be too easy to pigeonhole as a "girl goes home to reconcile with family and find herself" plot. And luckily, it never fully commits to that and instead relies more on its quietly stated themes and characters.

link directly to this review at http://www.hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=12775&reviewer=369
originally posted: 10/28/05 13:14:45
[printer] printer-friendly format  
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 Toronto Film Festival For more in the 2005 Toronto Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 Austin Film Festival For more in the 2005 Austin Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

10/07/17 Cats drool, dogs rule Creep factor. New girl has several themes with cat-hate humor. Sullen, directionless plot. 1 stars
12/08/06 William Goss Zooey mopes around. Harris mopes around. Ferrell mopes around. Repeat. Typical indie fare. 2 stars
10/10/06 Indrid A well done, low-key drama/comedy. Maybe a little too low-key though. 4 stars
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:

Discuss this movie in our forum

  17-Feb-2006 (R)
  DVD: 16-May-2006



Directed by
  Adam Rapp

Written by
  Adam Rapp

  Zooey Deschanel
  Will Ferrell
  Ed Harris
  Amy Madigan
  Rachel Dratch
  Sam Bottoms

Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Privacy Policy | | HBS Inc. |   
All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast