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  • Summary: Eli is a piano prodigy. Today is the audition that will determine his future-- will he launch a career and take off into the world? Or will he stay stuck, caring for his sister and mother who, despite her cheerful, loving disposition, is a drug addict. The only obstacle to a seamless transition into his future is dropping off Mom off at the center where she will enter rehab, but a glitch in the system forces sends them off to enlist the help of an unlikely ally, her drug dealer Sprinkles. The day spirals downhill quickly, and the hapless team must collaborate every step of the way to battle their own demons and get Eli out of the rabbit hole. (IFC Films) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 15, 2012
    88
    Why Stop Now takes large themes much manhandled as movie cliches, and treats them with care and respect. It likes the characters. So did I.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Aug 14, 2012
    67
    It's well-acted, certainly, though these performances belong in a film with sharper pacing, one that breathes easily. But, this directorial debut from Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner breathes like a frequent smoker: in fits and starts, peppered with coughs and dry heaves.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 17, 2012
    50
    Acquires a little vigor and some fun from Tracy Morgan as a friendly drug dealer who lives with his mom.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 16, 2012
    40
    Once Why Stop Now? has exhausted its bag of tricks, there is a screeching of brakes as it approaches the edge of the cliff. Having expended all that stamina, the film collapses from exhaustion and settles for an abrupt, feel-good ending that is as perfunctory as it is preposterous.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Aug 13, 2012
    38
    Shifting between wacky situation comedy and somber familial drama, Why Stop Now? isn't invested enough in either mode to convincingly pull off its genre-hopping ambitions.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 16, 2012
    20
    This comic drama tries too hard to serve up a slice of manic life, but Eisenberg, along with Tracy Morgan and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as the affable druggies, provides some spark.
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Aug 14, 2012
    0
    An unbearable 90-minute trip with a trio of loud, needy egotists.

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  1. Nov 13, 2014
    5
    "Why Stop Now" 10 Scale Rating: 5.0 (Average) ...

    The Good: A mostly entertaining cast who turned in good performances. I liked what they
    were trying to do here, even if the execution fell short. The scenes that I found to be amusing were very very amusing.

    The Bad: For starters, Jesse Eisenberg is beginning to be the same guy in every movie and is starting to feel like a one dimensional actor. The film itself seemed to struggle with it's identity and flip flopped from comedy to drama and back again repeatedly. It is fine for a screwball comedy to attempt to have some heart, but the delivery for this film was flawed and it felt forced. Scenes and lines felt completely random and confusing as they tried ever so hard to make this more than it was.
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