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Starting Out in the Evening

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(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: PG-13 — for sexual content, language and brief nudity
  • Director: Andrew Wagner   Cast: Frank Langella, Lauren Ambrose, Karl Bury, Anitha Gandhi, Sean T. Krishnan
  • Running Time: 111 minutes
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Jake Abraham


Roadside Attractions

Release Date

Nov 23, 2007

Release Notes



According to New York film critic David Edelstein, Frank Langella is more than perfect as forgotten novelist Leonard Schiller in Starting Out in the Evening. Lili Taylor and Lauren Ambrose lend strong supporting work as Schiller’s protective daughter and a vivacious grad student in love with Schiller’s first novel, respectively. But this is Langella’s show, and the actor is "achingly vulnerable under layers of flesh. In one scene, alone, he eats peanut butter intensely, thoughtfully, and nothing he could do as Hamlet would seem deeper or more poetic…this is what great screen acting is about.”

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