In the big screen drama Manglehorn, Al Pacnio plays an eccentric small-town Texas locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn, who decides to make a new start, years after the woman he loves breaks his heart. The character has some connections with people in his life, such as his granddaughter; but he is more or less a recluse, living in the past, his only real friend a cat.
Obviously, something has to change, because who would want to watch this lonely, damaged curmudgeon for 97 minutes, despite a typically impressive performance from Pacino? Not surprisingly, his potentially life-altering change comes in the form of a woman, cheerful bank teller Dawn. However, as a romance begins to brew, Manglehorn might ruin it before it even gets off the ground.
The dynamic between Dawn and Manglehorn could be compared to Melvin and Carol in the highly acclaimed hit film As Good as It Gets. But it is also similar to Pacino’s last movie, The Humbling, about a depressed retired actor who is rejuvenated through his relationship with a younger woman.
The cast also features Chris Messina (The Mindy Project), Holly Hunter (Little Black Book), Edrick Browne (Django Unchained) and June Griffin Garcia (American Crime).
The movie was directed by David Gordon Green, who is best known for the 2008 James Franco-Seth Rogen action comedy Pinapple Express. The screenplay was written by Paul Logan, making his feature film debut with this project.
Manglehorn, which made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, will arrive in U.S. theaters on June 19.
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