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886. Time Out

Published December 8, 2018

Title: Time Out Director: Laurie Collyer Year: 2018 Run time: 1hr 23m

“In between caring for her ailing mother, (Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg), a young woman (Tessa Thompson) works part time at a nearby prison. The rookie guard soon gets a chance to prove her mettle when she’s tasked with accompanying a hell-raising inmate (Academy Award winner Melissa Leo) on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother. However, things soon spiral out of control, sending the pair on a hilarious, surprising, and ultimately touching road trip.”

Live blog

2:40 - Those prison buzzes are so distinctive. 7:04 - I wouldn’t have known what furlough meant if it wasn’t for OITNB. 8:07 - Whoopi’s hair is amazing. 9:40 - “What do you want, a tank? It’s not the zombie apocalypse.” 15:55 - Why wouldn’t you be able to use your phone on the bus? 22:51 - She said ten minutes, the man said two hours. Train delays, huh. 25:50 - I mean, the legs you could sort of argue, but the arms? No. Too far, lady. 30:42 - She’s adorable trying to keep the professionalism up, but it’s not working at all. 32:43 - What if the CO has to go the bathroom? 37:52 - “Keep it up,” the exact wrong thing to say in this situation. 44:12 - Is it weird to think she kinda looked better before? 46:46 - “You’re not the best at what you do…” Understatement of the year! 47:10 - Perpspective. 57:14 - I mean, $100,000 a year isn’t to be sniffed at. 1:07:18 - The houses in American movies never fail to boggle my mind. 1:15:06 - “Sing well, Sir.” I like that as a sign off.

Conclusions

Mm, disappointing. Good cast but they don’t have a lot to work with here. The film can’t quite decide whether it’s a comedy or a drama. It’s not funny enough to be a comedy, but not intense or moving enough to be a drama. There are moments of both but it feels a bit disjointed and odd.

Watchable, but really nothing special.

Rating: 2/5.

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