Little Accidents

January 16, 2015

Directed by: Sara Colangelo

Written by: Sara Colangelo

Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Josh Lucas, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Lofland, Chloë Sevigny,

Rating: unrated

Running Time: 105 minutes

There are a lot of good things to say about Sara Colangelo’s directorial debut. First, Ms. Colangelo does a wonderful job directing a film with competing, interlocking storylines–she’s definitely a director to watch. It’s also good to see Elizabeth Banks give a solid performance outside of her comedic comfort zone. The film’s location has a rural, small town authenticity that only enhances its indie vibe. Unfortunately, it is Ms. Colangelo’s screenplay that undermines the film’s overall effectiveness. The lone survivor (Boyd Holbrook) of a coal mining accident seems like the main character, but the film bounces from several different characters and storylines, never allowing the audience enough time to empathize with any of them.

Grade: B-

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