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  • Summary: Former high school football star and one time college athlete, Jon returns to the place of his youth – Fairhaven – a small fishing village on the Massachusetts coast. Now in his mid 30's, and with the promise of younger days seemingly washed ashore, Jon’s vague feelings of dissatisfaction are crystallized by a television interview with his football hero Tom Brady, who proclaims that, even after three super bowl wins, "There’s got to be something more than this." Jon recounts his epiphany to Sam, old friend and schoolmate who married early, fathered early, divorced early and never left town. Sam made his own peace with small town life years ago, and is happy enough just to provide a stable home for his loving daughter, Cara, while secretly still pining for his beautiful ex-wife Kate. Together, Jon and Sam anticipate the return of Dave, the third member of their once-indomitable trio. Having left town seven years ago and never looked back, Dave is finally returning to Fairhaven on the occasion of his estranged father’s death. As tonic to Jon’s soulful self-inquiry and Sam’s stoic loneliness, Dave is determined to inject some heavy-duty, Vegas-style fun into the funeral weekend. But when old dreams and simmering resentments come to the beer & tequila-soaked surface of their reunion, not even Dave can fend off a healthy dose of reality. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 10, 2013
    90
    There isn't a dishonest moment in Fairhaven, Tom O'Brien's piercing, wistful portrait of three longtime buddies in their mid-30s who reunite around a funeral in a southeastern Massachusetts fishing community.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Jan 10, 2013
    63
    O'Brien and his castmates seem to play loose with his script a bit more than they should in an effort to give the material a lived-in feeling.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 9, 2013
    60
    Though its insights are slight-the movie feels as delicate and ephemeral as its sleepy winter surroundings - you can't help but admire the overall generousness O'Brien shows to his characters and performers.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jan 10, 2013
    60
    While there's something undeniably fascinating about the way Fairhaven repeatedly avoids predictable payoffs for portentous dramatic setups, narrative momentum is conspicuous by its absence.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Jan 9, 2013
    50
    The film plays coy with its quintessential indie-dramedy setup, eschewing narrative and tension in favor of convivial character interplay and master shots of wintry landscapes.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 9, 2013
    42
    Fairhaven's location is lovely. Its actors are terrific. All of them beg for something better.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jan 10, 2013
    38
    O'Brien also provided the lethargic direction and collaborated with Messina on the cliché-infested script, which is long on booze-filled confessions.

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