Ezra - Enzian Theater

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New Jersey stand-up comic Max Bernal (a brilliant Bobby Cannavale) and his precocious 11-year-old autistic son Ezra (introducing William Fitzgerald) set off on a road trip in this vivid portrait of a family figuring out how to understand one another. Having recently blown up his career and his marriage, Max is living with his eccentric father Stan (Robert De Niro) and is profoundly at odds with his soon-to-be ex-wife Jenna (Rose Byrne) about how to address their son’s special needs. When Ezra is expelled from yet another school, a doctor insists he be sent to a special program elsewhere and be medicated, which Jenna is inclined to go along with. But Max will have none of it and makes the controversial decision to take Ezra in the middle of the night without Jenna’s permission, embarking on a cross-country odyssey to a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Part unpredictable family dramatic comedy and part road movie, Ezra recalls John Cassavetes at his most light-hearted and features Whoopi Goldberg, Vera Farmiga, Rainn Wilson, and director Tony Goldwyn in its astonishing ensemble cast. Irresistibly charming, this is big-hearted storytelling at its finest.  

2024, 100 Minutes, Rated R, USA, Directed by Tony Goldwyn

  • "Ezra is irresistibly charming, full of so much passion and care, and finds strength where similar films fall flat."

    - Nate Richard, COLLIDER
  • “Warm, wise and wonderful. It's a captivating, funny and heartfelt journey well worth taking. Bobby Cannavale gives one the best performances of his career. William Fitzgerald is a revelation.”

    – Avi Offer, NYC MOVIE GURU
  • “A thoughtful, emotional film about the evolving relationships between fathers and sons and about coping with different-ness, with a moving performance by Bobby Cannavale and Robert DeNiro.”

    – J. Don Birnam, BELOW THE LINE
  • “An engaging movie that works because of sharp writing and terrific performances. What could have been a maudlin tale is instead a moving family drama thanks to the skill of a great cast.”

    – Liz Braun, ORGINAL CIN
  • "Earns its crowd-hugging stripes legitimately thanks to its superb ensemble and sensitive direction that never gets in the way of its knowing script."

    - Michael Rechtshaffen, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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