Detachment

Monday, December 05 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Detachment

JOY REVIEW

Detachment is a movie that stars Adrian Brody as a substitute teacher in high school, and so we’ve seen a lot of this before about disadvantaged kids and kids who don’t want to learn. I suppose what makes this different is a couple of things: First of all, that Adrian Brody is in it. It also has Marcia Gay Harden, who plays a principal whose school is about to be closed, Blythe Danner, who plays a dedicated teacher, and James Caan plays a teacher who can only get through the day on pharmaceuticals. I’m not sure exactly what this movie is about. It starts with a quote from Albert Camus that says he feels deeply and is detached, and what we do is wander through Adrian Brody’s brief career at the high school and how he seemingly cares. He also has a grandfather who’s dying and has flashbacks of his mother. This is definitely a Prozac moment. This is a movie that doesn’t have a whole lot of glimmer of hope in it, and maybe it’s just because Adrian Brody is kind of a haunting presence. So, it does have a certain cache to it. I’m still not completely sure what it’s about. Three stars.

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