Why Stop Now

Watch Why Stop Now

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Rehab."
  • R
  • 2012
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 5.5  (7,592)
  • 36

Why Stop Now is a 2012 comedy-drama directed by Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner. The film tells the story of a young piano prodigy named Eli Smith (Jesse Eisenberg), who just got accepted to a prestigious music conservatory but must first take his drug-addicted mother, Penny (Melissa Leo), to a drug rehab center on the day of his audition. Eli is accompanied on this journey by his mother's drug dealer Sprinkles (Tracy Morgan), who has promised to help Eli with his mother's addiction.

The film takes place over the course of one day, as Eli struggles to get his mother the help she needs while also making it to his audition on time. However, things don't go according to plan, and Eli soon finds himself embroiled in a series of mishaps and misadventures that threaten to derail his entire future.

As the trio makes their way through the city, they encounter a series of characters who help or hinder their journey. These include Eli's girlfriend Chloe (Sarah Ramos), who is waiting for him at the conservatory, and her mother Sylvia (Isiah Whitlock Jr.), who offers to give them a ride. They also run into a group of homeless men who steal their car and a nurse (Emma Rayne Lyle) who takes care of Penny at the rehab center.

The performances in Why Stop Now are top-notch, with Eisenberg bringing his signature neurotic energy to the role of Eli and Leo delivering a nuanced portrayal of a woman struggling with addiction. Morgan, known primarily for his comedic roles, also shines as the drug dealer with a heart of gold.

The film tackles serious issues like drug addiction and the pressure to succeed, but never loses its sense of humor. The dialogue is sharp and witty, and the film's pacing keeps the story moving at a brisk pace.

Overall, Why Stop Now is a heartfelt and entertaining film that manages to balance humor and drama in a way that feels authentic. Eisenberg, Leo, and Morgan have great chemistry, and the film's message about the importance of family and forgiveness is both poignant and uplifting.

Why Stop Now is a 2012 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.5 and a MetaScore of 36.

Why Stop Now
Where to Watch Why Stop Now
Why Stop Now is available to watch, stream, download and buy on demand at The Roku Channel, Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play and YouTube VOD. Some platforms allow you to rent Why Stop Now for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
  • Release Date
  • MPAA Rating
  • Runtime
    1 hr 27 min
  • Language
  • IMDB Rating
    5.5  (7,592)
  • Metascore