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  • Summary: Henrik is 35, but he still parties with his high-school buddies like he is in his 20s. His mother cares for him like he's still a child, and he's in a relationship that's based on goofing around. Now, his girlfriend Tone is pregnant and Henrik has taken a serious job, moved into a prefabHenrik is 35, but he still parties with his high-school buddies like he is in his 20s. His mother cares for him like he's still a child, and he's in a relationship that's based on goofing around. Now, his girlfriend Tone is pregnant and Henrik has taken a serious job, moved into a prefab duplex, and he’s trying to calm down the partying and start behaving like a father-to-be. But as he feels the pressure to mature, and to do it quickly, Henrik’s frustrations surface in unforeseen—and hilariously inappropriate—ways. [Big World Pictures] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 31, 2014
    70
    The Almost Man may be slight, but how many films can pack equal amounts of emotional nuance and inappropriately sprayed urine into just 75 minutes?
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Jul 29, 2014
    70
    While the movie’s theme is familiar, even a little stale, the vivid details help to freshen the story, and the actors sock the movie home.
  3. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    Jul 29, 2014
    70
    A slender but polished dramedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jul 30, 2014
    70
    As a tightly constructed look at the more serious symptoms of Peter Pan syndrome, The Almost Man mostly works. The fact that it departs from the usual vehicles for good-natured, non-threatening Vince Vaughn jackassery is refreshing, albeit in an often jarring, disturbing way.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Jul 30, 2014
    63
    The script is perspicacious in making Henrik's bad choices understandable enough emotionally, but also nudges the audience toward wishing the man would wise up.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 29, 2014
    60
    To his credit, even as his material begins spiraling into less amusing territory, Lund alleviates the growing gloom with goofball levity.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Aug 1, 2014
    50
    I started longing for a relationship comedy/drama with some real bite and observation to it, and fondly remembering the 2009 German film "Everyone Else," directed by Maren Ade.
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  1. Dec 7, 2014
    5
    The Almost Man has a few decent, if excessively juvenile and idiotic, gags, as well as one notably shocking scene in a car. Henrik's completeThe Almost Man has a few decent, if excessively juvenile and idiotic, gags, as well as one notably shocking scene in a car. Henrik's complete lack of self-consciousness and willingness to put himself in particularly un-flattering situations is admirable. The film suffers from a repetitiveness of the ongoing argument that takes place between Henrik and Tone that begins after the first act and lasts until the last stretch of the film. Yes, Henrik does need to make some changes in his life to appropriately adjust to his new life, but the frustration he feels is quite one-dimensional and it takes away from much of the film's comedic potential. The character arc Henrik goes through is so mundane and predictable. The commentary The Almost Man attempts at relating to adulthood is so well-worn and tried-and-tested that the only thing that could make it feel fresh is the execution, which only turns out solid results intermittently. We do get an excellent comedic lead performance here, one that makes me think of what being would come into existence if Liam Neeson, Chris O' Dowd, and Jason Segel had an illegitimate, imbecilic offspring. The film also has a mercifully swift run time of 73-minutes. Not outstanding, but passable and occasionally laugh-inducing. Expand

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