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Running Time:
2 hr. 15 min.

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language throughout and some sexual content

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is a gripping and incredibly moving drama about the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope when a death in the family forces a small-town New Englander to confront this tragedy.

Additional Info:
Casey Affleck ... Lee Chandler
Michelle Williams ... Randi
Kyle Chandler ... Joe Chandler
Lucas Hedges ... Patrick
Liam McNeill ... Josh
C.J. Wilson ... George
Heather Burns ... Jill
Tate Donovan ... Hockey Coach
Matthew Broderick ... Rodney
Gretchen Mol ... Elise
Tom Kemp ... Stan Chandler

Manchester by the Sea
The life of a solitary Boston janitor Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) after the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for his spirited 16-year-old nephew when he learns that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew. and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised.
Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him. Casey Affleck gets the role of a lifetime as the enigmatic hero The film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan ("You Can Count on Me") adopts an elliptical form, cutting back and forth between the present day to Lee's relationship years earlier with his chronically ill brother, and it takes us a while to get a handle on Lee. He seems like a tortured soul, working as an off-the-books janitor and living in a shabby basement apartment in Boston. While unerringly polite, he's also prone to picking fights in bars for perceived slights.

This troubled Lee is a stark contrast to the happy-go-lucky family man we see in flashbacks, with him a loving husband to his wife Randi and a doting dad to three young kids. Eventually, the tragedy that befell Lee is revealed and while stories of loss are nothing new, the absolute honesty with which thie story is told and the truth of Casey Affleck's performance makes this film stand head-and-shoulders above the pack.
At 135 minutes, some may say that Manchester-by-the-Sea, goes on a little long, but Lonergan uses every second of screen time and nothing feels extraneous. In fact, the running time gives this the feel of an epic and indeed it is. Manchester-by-the-Sea is intensely cinematic and it's inconceivable to think that come the end of the year this won't end up high on the list of every critic's ten best list. It's superb.

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