Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

DVD - 2018 | Widescreen edition.
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On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.
Publisher: [United States] : Elevation Pictures, [2018]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD DON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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21221018293347
Feb 11, 2019

how to quit drinking.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 10, 2019

Well-acted, occasionally compelling, and uneven biopic of John Callahan, a wheelchair-bound, Portland cartoonist. Based on his autobiography, it's a story of loss (he lost the use of his legs in a car accident), alcoholism, recovery, and triumph. As such, it follows all the conventions and cliches of the genre, although director Gus Van Sant tries to keep things interesting by jumbling chronology, animating his cartoons, and alternating tones. It succeeds largely due to is fine cast: the ever unpredictable Joaquin Phoenix as Callahan, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black (taking a welcome break from his usual terrible movies), and famous rock stars Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, and Beth Ditto (the Gossip). It's not bad, but I feel I've seen this movie many times before. Fun fact: Van Sant has directed 3 Phoenixes. Originally, like 20 years ago, Robin Williams was going to star.

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ilovewhippets
Jan 27, 2019

Good acting! Some memorable characters and scenes, esp John's AA sponsor!
Yet, at times, this film had poorly-done, confusing scenes and the film had a feel of low-budget and quality, esp the first half of the film!
This movie was based on the real person, John Callahan, and his biographical story!
I hope it will be remade with a larger budget and a better-written script, more complete of who John really was! Perhaps, it ought to be a series! There was much more to this man from what I have read on the Internet!

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hammer59
Jan 21, 2019

Impressive acting. True story, slightly difficult to watch such tragedy but stuff happens. Holds your interest unlike many current movies.

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ktwv
Jan 14, 2019

Great acting. Interesting story. 5 stars.

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singidunum_25
Jan 01, 2019

Another excellent performance by Joaquin Phoenix. Didn't recognize Jonna Hill at all.

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rugolin
Dec 31, 2018

An engaging story about cartoonist John Callaghan's struggles with alcohol and paralysis because of an automobile accident. The story of recovery from addiction is a very over familiar one in film but with very good direction and winning performances from all the actors especially Joaquin Phoenix lifts the movie above many other attempts. Interesting to see there is no dramatic moment where a person life turns around but a series of steps with the help and support of friends that leads to a better place.

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wiredonjava
Nov 26, 2018

Drunk driving, paralysis and AA, with a tough love support group.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2018

Based on the John Callahan memoir with same title. This film captured his troubled life before reinvented himself from an alcoholic to a funny quadriplegic in a wheelchair. Inspiring drama with powerful lessons.

Note, thought wrongly that the evolution cartoon with captions "I'd like to thank all those who made it possible for me to be here tonight" was created by Gary Larson of Far Side.

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Quetzlzacatenango
Nov 10, 2018

More the story of a man dealing with alcoholism than a biopic of John Callahan, stellar performances from Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill make this film worth watching. It does meander quite a bit and jumping from one dramatic moment to another makes it feel like an Oscar bid movie. Unfortunately for them the subject may be a little too obscure and they forget to really tell the story of John Callahan. I always enjoyed John Callahan's comics and was looking forward to learning more about him. Instead all I learned was that he was an alcoholic and a quadriplegic. Well, that I already knew.

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Chiefie_2
Dec 06, 2018

Wonderful performance by Joachim Phoenix! It moves a little slowly, which is common with true stories. Watching it was a real lesson on the torments and trials endured by quadriplegics. What a sobering predicament, so very well-written and performed by all the actors in it. A real must-see!

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wiredonjava
Nov 26, 2018

"Poor me, leads to pour me, another drink". (excuses at an AA meeting)

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2018

Only a three quotes in IMDb. Here are some more to remember:
I'm still wearing my wedding ring, but... I'm... divorced now, and I'm... I'm much happier. Maybe life's actually not supposed to be... as meaningful
as we think it is.
===

The way with illegitimate Catholic babies in those days was to remove them from the mother of birth... and put them in the care of the nuns for six months in case the natural mother should change her mind.
===
I hear you're from, um, Oregon.
-That's right.
What do you guys do up there for fun?
-Well, there's not a lot to do in Oregon, you know? So a certain percentage of the population drives down here to Long Beach to look for jobs.
===
She was digging you, man.
- Yeah.
Yeah. Take you home, have a little sophisticated L.A. sex.
-No, all she wanted to do was talk about her colon.
That's what all people in L.A. talk about, their colons. And that's 'cause
they're all assholes.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2018

Don't worry, boys. He won't get far on foot.
-It's a wheelchair. He can't get far because he's injured, right?
===
I signed up to be your attendant, not your slave. Bossing me around, you fxcking don't even give me five seconds before you're telling me what to do.
===
God, grant me the serenity... To accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
===
I'm Donnie, and I'm an alcoholic.
-Hi, Donnie.
Hi. And when I first entered the program, I had two pairs of pants, one with shit in them and one without. And I didn't care which one of them I was wearing. Today, I celebrate mediocrity. I woke up and I put on a non-shitty pair of pants. And I walked to get a cup of coffee, and it was fucking delicious. And my day's been pretty good, until I came in here and saw all of you.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2018

My name is John Callahan. I was born in 1950 at the old Saint Vincent's Hospital. I know three things about my real mother: she was Irish-American, she had red hair, she was a school teacher. Mm-hmm. Oh, yeah. And she didn't want me.
===
One of the objectives of group is to provoke a new awareness to unwanted
or unnecessary emotional problems that we sit with. And left unprovoked, we sit alone with these problems, and they can fester into... drinking habits,
drug habits, gambling. Other bad habits.
-What are "other bad habits"?
I mean, it could be anything. It could be hoarding, bank robbing, suicide.
===
Were there any women in your operation?
-Yeah. The administrator, but we never saw her.
I'm curious why there's a lack of women in your stories. In your childhood, growing up, in your company. There must have been women in your command unit.
-Because women can't handle it over there!

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2018

All art has craft. All craft has art. But craft seeks full perfection. And art seeks full expression. That's why... the craftsman's job is every time always the same. Repeat every time. That's why we don't have two "Mona Lisa." And "Mona Lisa," by the way, one can say is a controlled accident.
===
We can't ask for help if we don't think there's anyone out there to give it. You have to grasp this concept. And that doesn't have to be fxcking Jesus Christ or Buddha or Vanna White.
-So, can I choose the genitalia of Raquel Welch?
I would advise against that, Callahan.
-Why?
'Cause it's not a fxcking joke. If you can't look outside yourself and you can't find a higher power, you're fxcked.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2018

You know, the day I stopped drinking... I felt a hand on my shoulder. But when I turned to look at it, there was... nothing there, but I didn't imagine it.
"Look at it, but you cannot see it. Because it is formless, you call it invisible. Listen to it, but you cannot hear it. Because it is soundless, you call it inaudible. Grasp it, but it is out of your reach. Because it is subtle,
you call it intangible."
-Uh, who's that? Is that Elton John?
Lao-Tzu.
===
I know that people have come by the editorial offices to register complaints
about me... Christians, queers, teachers, foreign nationals, janitors, lab rats
all find me offensive, which, uh, you know... It's a good... Is it a good thing?
===
One, that I'm powerless over alcohol and my life has become unmanageable. Two, I came to believe that a power greater than myself
can restore me to sanity. And three, I made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand it.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2018

Hey... do you think the joke is better if I go with paramecium, dogfish, chimpanzee, Neanderthal, human? Or should it be... paramecium, trilobite,
raptor, lemur, Neanderthal, human?
-I don't know.
Let's put that in the Not Ready pile.
===
I can't walk.
-Why can't you walk?
Because I was in an accident.
-Because?
'Cause the fxcking asshole, Dexter, fell asleep at the fxcking wheel.
-Why'd he do that?
'Cause he was fxcking drunk.
-Okay, and why were you in the car?
'Cause we were going to the next party. He was the one that was driving.
I don't know why I-I...
- Okay, but why...
I couldn't drive.
-Wait, Callahan, why did you get in the car with him if you knew he was drunk?
I don't know, 'cause I was a fxcking kid!

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2018

I was drunk since I was a fzcking kid. I was so embarrassing. I know, 'cause I didn't... I didn't feel loved, I didn't feel wanted, so I tried to cover up my feelings. And it worked.
...
I thought I'd fzcking drink my way out of those feelings. I became such a fzck up... that I won't ever forgive them. Oh, I mean that... I mean, they won't ever forgive me for all the... stupid shit I did.
-What'd you just say?
That they won't... forgive me for all the stupid shit I did.
-That they won't forgive you or you won't forgive them?
That they won't forgive me.
-You said that you won't forgive them.
Okay, well, wh-what would I have to forgive them f... forgive them for?
-For making you feel like a black sheep.
For not being your real parents, for having other children. Forgiving your birth mother for giving you up. Think about me! I won't forgive them.

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jimg2000
Nov 11, 2018

Have you visited everyone you felt you wronged? Forgiven everyone you wanted to forgive?
-Yeah.
===
You know, what I've been learning is... I fxcked my shxt up. And it started
long before I met you.
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Two Klansmen talking: Don't you love it when they're still warm from the dryer?
===
Teenagers, you know, you go through these stages, so... I could see potential in you. That was the main thing.
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This is the big moment. There's no lightning bolt that shoots you and cures all your shit. There are discoveries and epiphanies and moments of clarity.
But this doesn't just go away. You have to wrestle with this shit every day. Some of that pain will remain there forever. Some of that shame will remain there forever. But you have to fight with it, or you'll fxcking die.

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Jan 27, 2019

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