Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Runtime (minutes):100
Premiere Status:SF-San Jose Bay Area Premiere
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Bobby Cannavale
Rose Byrne
Robert De Niro
William A. Fitzgerald
Vera Farmiga
Rainn Wilson
Whoopi Goldberg
Tony Goldwyn
Director:Tony Goldwyn
Executive Producer:Bobby Cannavale
Andrew Calof
Manu Gargi
Richard D. Lewis
Lois Robbins
Steve Sarowitz
Zhang Xin
Producer(s):Tony Goldwyn
William Horberg
Jon Kilik
Tony Spiridakis
Screenwriter:Tony Spiridakis
Cinematography:Daniel Moder
Music By:Carlos Rafael Rivera
Editor:Sabine Hoffman


Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine), Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver), Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), Rainn Wilson (The Office), and Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) make up the ensemble in a fabulously unpredictable family dramedy and a road movie that runs on mischief. The latest from director Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Ezra builds the highly entertain story about three adults with wildly divergent opinions about what’s best for one precious little boy.

New Jersey stand-up Max tells stories, not jokes, about ordinary chaos. And there is no better source of chaos in his life than his son, Ezra. Diagnosed with autism, Ezra is precocious and precarious: he’s been reading The New York Times since he was five, but his impulsive behavior often gets him into trouble and sometimes even poses a danger to himself and others. A doctor insists Ezra be sent to a special school and medicated. Ezra’s mom, Jenna, who shares custody with Max, is inclined to go along with the program, but Max will have none of it. One night, Max, who has been promised a spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, takes Ezra on a cross-country excursion - without the permission of Jenna or his father, whose car Max has “borrowed.”

Ezra recalls John Cassavetes at his most light-hearted, making us fall in love with characters who say and do spectacularly wrong things. This is partly due to Goldwyn and writer Tony Spiridakis’ buoyant, big-hearted storytelling, but it’s also the result of the film’s astonishing ensemble cast. We might cringe in terror at some of Max’s decisions, but we won’t have the slightest doubt about this father’s ferocious love for his son.

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