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Duane Hopwood (DVD Review)

19 Mar, 2006 By: Stephanie Prange

Duane Hopwood

Prebook 3/22/06; Street 4/25/06
Box Office $0.01 million
$27.95 DVD
Rated ‘R' for language.
Stars David Schwimmer, Janeane Garofalo.

Schwimmer's usual sad-sack comedy turns bittersweet in this indie study of a man on the brink of total destruction.

The former “Friends” star plays down-on-his-luck divorced father Duane Hopwood, who stands to lose everything after he is arrested for drunk driving with his daughter in the car. When his ex-wife (Garofalo) takes him to court to revoke his visitation rights, Hopwood struggles to stop his downward spiral.

Although it's billed as part comedy, this study of a man in the grip of alcoholism and depression is more straight drama along the lines of Kramer vs. Kramer. The performances are first-rate. As with When a Man Loves a Woman (Meg Ryan), 28 Days (Sandra Bullock) and Leaving Las Vegas (Nicolas Cage), this story of an alcoholic on the brink allows a name actor to showcase his acting chops.

Selling Points: “Friends” fans should want to see Schwimmer give drama a try. It was an official selection at Sundance.

What's on DVD?
• Commentary with star Schwimmer and director

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