The Humbling

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"Older but not wiser."
  • R
  • 2015
  • 5.6  (7,131)
  • 59

The Humbling is a dramatic movie from 2014, based on the novel by Philip Roth. The film follows the story of Simon Axler, a once-famous and successful stage actor who has lost his passion and talent for acting. Al Pacino plays the lead role of Simon Axler, who is struggling to find his way back to the stage. Simon is in a deep funk after a disastrous performance of his latest play. He decides to end his life but is stopped by Pegeen, a much younger woman played by Greta Gerwig, who is the daughter of his close friends. The pair develop an unusual relationship which brings Simon’s world to life, and Pegeen's too.

Nina Arianda plays the role of Sybil, an eager young actress who becomes involved with Simon. She sees him as a mentor figure and is determined to help him rediscover his passion for acting. However, Simon finds himself caught between Pegeen and Sybil, both of whom are vying for his attention, each in their own way.

As Simon begins to reconnect with the world around him, he finds himself experiencing moments of his old self. He starts to explore his sexuality and takes part in a threesome with Pegeen and her lesbian lover. He starts to get invitations for new roles, and his passion for acting starts to reignite.

However, not everyone is happy about Simon's re-emergence. His wife (played by Kyra Sedgwick) disapproves of his unconventional relationship with Pegeen and tries to bring him back to reality. The audience can see Simon struggling to come to terms with how to reconcile his passionate and creative drive with the practical demands of his changing life.

Director Barry Levinson does a fantastic job of bringing Philip Roth's novel to life in a visually engaging and emotionally charged movie. The Humbling touches on the themes of love, sex, life, death, and artistic passion, all of which are complex and thought-provoking. The performances by Pacino, Gerwig and Arianda are all superb, particularly Pacino’s strong portrayal of a troubled artist.

Overall, The Humbling is an excellent movie that is likely to appeal to fans of thought-provoking dramas. It is a raw and gritty portrayal of an artist’s struggle to find himself again after a devastating breakdown. It's a must-watch for fans of the novel, admirers of the cast, and anyone who enjoys films with complex characters and a dose of dark humor.

The Humbling is a 2015 drama. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6 and a MetaScore of 59.

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