In the road trip of Max and his teenage daughter Wally there is everything. There are laughter and jokesbut also quarrels, anger, pain, fear, forgiveness. And love, of course. It’s all within the 109 minutes of Don’t make me goavailable from today in streaming on Prime Video.
It’s a movie capable at the same time of breaking his heart and comforting him: so is described by a positive review published on IndieWire. To get a taste of the ups and downs of emotions that this film can give to the public just look at the trailer, in which you can see the man and the girl protagonists interacting with each other (sometimes tenderly, sometimes laboriously) in the most classic father-daughter dynamics in adolescence. The direction is by Hannah Marksborn in 1993, who in addition to being a director and screenwriter is also known as an actress, for example in the series Dirk Gently.
Things to know before seeing the film
Produced by Donald De Line, Leah Holzer and Peter Saraf, the film is written by Vera Herbert. Among other things, this is not a recent work: the first draft of the story is even dated June 8, 2012. At the time it was entitled A Story About My Father and that same year she had also been included in the annual list of best scripts not yet produced a Hollywood.
It took exactly ten years to see that script “come to life”. Amazon Studios commissioned the development of the movie in March 2021 and Herbert herself – who among other things in the past has already put her signature on exciting and heart-wrenching titles such as This is us – was involved as a screenwriter and executive producer.
The moviewhich was shown as a world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival 2022begins when Max discovers he has a terminal illness and decides to fully live the time left to live by involving his teenage daughter Wally on a road trip across the United States.
The girl doesn’t really want to leave: it’s summer and she thinks above all about holidays, going out with friends and al fiance. To convince her, her father promises her that during the trip he will give her the much dreamed of driving lessons.
Officially Wally is accompanying his father from California in New Orleans for one reunited with former college matesbut in reality Max is hoping to meet his ex-wife and Wally’s motherwho had left them long ago, to entrust her daughter to her in anticipation of her death.
Don’t make me go cast
Max is portrayed by John Choa face that could be familiar to viewers: in fact, the American actor is best known for having played the role of Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar films and those of Hikaru Sulu in new Star Trek series. My Isaac (who also starred in Wally You Could Have Done Better and Not Okay) is Wally.
Then there are in the cast Kaya Scodelario as Annie, Josh Thomson as Guy Connelly, Otis Dhanji as Glenn and Stefania LaVie Owen as Sandra. Mitchell Hope is Rusty, Jen Van Epps is Nicole and Jemaine Clement is Dale Angelo.
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