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Get Low

Year: 2010
Production Co: K5 International
Director: Aaron Schnieder
Writer: Chris Provenzano/C Gaby Mitchell
Cast: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Sissy Spacek, Gerard McRaney

There was only one reason to want to see this film, and that was to see elder statesman talents like Robert Duvall and Bill Murray together in a movie. It tells the story of a grumpy old man who lives in a remote wooded cabin in smalltown rural America in what appears to be the 1920s or 1930s, played by Duvall at his craggiest.

A virtual hermit and with a cult built up around him among the townspeople over the previous 40 years, he learns one day of the death of a contemporary and decides it's time to think about his own departure from the world. He decides to throw a funeral party while he's still alive so he can be in attendance and hear all the terrible stories about him that circulate around town.

He approaches a struggling funeral home business owned by Murray and Lucas Black as his assistant/apprentice, and the more time they all spend together the more curious we all become about the dark secret that lies in his past. It's something to do with the lady who's moved back to town (Spacek) and who might be a former beau, but it's the reason he's locked himself away for so long.

I was a little disappointed that the plot turned on the reveal of the secret that seemed to be like something out of a soap opera. It also suffered a little because the old man's dedication that the party go ahead keeps shifting and changing, and other elements (his relationship with the lady or his old priest friend, the fascination of the young man for his old client) should have filled the void.

None of that detracts from the pleasure of watching Murray at work – or Duvall if he's in the right kind of role, which this is.

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