Main Plot Points:
- After Mickey Scarpato’s (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his final film roles) stepson Leon (Caleb Landry Jones, Antiviral), is killed in a construction “accident,” Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news along with the body. But even in the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God’s Pocket, PA, no secret can stay hidden forever.
- When a local columnist (Richard Jenkins, The Cabin in the Woods) comes sniffing around for the truth, Mickey quickly finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle compounded by a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please, and a debt he can’t pay.
- Featuring a top-tier cast including John Turturro and Christina Hendricks, acclaimed actor John Slattery’s (Man Men) impressive directorial debut God’s Pocket is a winning dark comedy that marks the emergence of an inspired directorial presence.
What We Thought:
- I was disappointed in God’s Pocket. Not that it’s terrible or anything, but there is a lot of talent involved for this movie to not be better than what it is.
- It’s one of the last films from Philip Seymour Hoffman. He is great in it as usual, but it just never quite gets to where it needed. It had the potential to be great for sure.
- With a cast that also includes Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins and John Turturro, this should have been a film I pop in again down the line. The story had potential as well. I like dark, grittier storylines and this could have been fantastic.
- It reminded me of another film that should have been better, The Drop. That movie has a great performance from Tom Hardy, a story that could have worked, yet both left me wanting more. I don’t know what I would have changed in this, but I just wanted/needed something different. I watched it, felt it was ok, not great.
- The Blu-ray looks good. The film is quite dark, but it’s supposed to be that way. It has a gritty, down on your luck feel and it looks the part. Audio has easy to hear dialogue and score.
- God’s Pocket is a solid debut for first time director John Slattery. It’s not a big hit, but he’ll definitely be directing again. With a cast of some of my favorite actors (and a personal friend), I wanted to love the film, but just didn’t.
- Commentary with Co-Writer, Director, Producer John Slattery
- Deleted Scenes
- TV Spot
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Richard Jenkins
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
- John Turturro
- Christina Hendricks
- Director John Slattery
Recommended if You Like:
- The Drop
- Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
- Philip Seymour Hoffman