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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)

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On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

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Gus Van Sant

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John Callahan (based on the book by), John Callahan (story by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... John Callahan
Jonah Hill ... Donny
Rooney Mara ... Annu
Jack Black ... Dexter
Tony Greenhand ... Tim
Beth Ditto ... Reba
Mark Webber ... Mike
Ronnie Adrian ... Martingale
Kim Gordon ... Corky
Udo Kier ... Hans
Carrie Brownstein ... Suzanne
Ethan Tindukasiri ... Skateboarder #1
Sunny Suljic ... Skateboarder #2
Cree Kawa ... Skateboarder #3
Nolan Gross ... Skateboarder #4
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Storyline

After Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment - with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) - Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan's autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Gus Van Sant. Jack Black, Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon also star.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Don't just sit there. Do nothing.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, some nudity and alcohol abuse | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,339, 15 July 2018

Gross USA:

$1,441,705

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,234,744
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was based on a true story about John Callahan, who himself wrote and sung the music track called "Texas when you go", which song can be heard during the end credits of this movie. See more »

Goofs

When he goes to the social worker looking for his mother he says he was born in 1950. Later on in the movie he says he was born in 1951. See more »

Quotes

Donnie: There are discoveries and epiphanies but this doesn't all just go away, you have to wrestle with this
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Soundtracks

Texas When You Go
Written by John Callahan
Produced by Terry Robb
Vocals Performed by John Callahan
Guitar by Terry Robb
Recorded at Falcon Recording Studios, Portland, OR
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With tracking down
6 April 2018 | by Saint_PauleySee all my reviews

Like an AA meeting: disjointed, funny, moving, boring, inspiring and, ultimately, rewarding.

The actors are mesmerising. Joaquin Phoenix recovers nicely here from his misstep with Mary Magdalene but it's Jonah Hill as the sage gay sponsor who steals the film with a subtle portrayal imbued with nonchalant spirituality. Rock stars Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) and Beth Ditto (Gossip) make appearances and Ditto turns in a solid gold performance that left me hoping she'll continue down the acting path.

Despite being overlong and bogged down with unnecessarily complicated timeline, the overall film moved me and made me glad I got past the clunky title and misleading rom-com poster.


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