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Kelly & Cal

Drama . Comedy

Punk-rocker turned suburban mom, Kelly, is nostalgic for a life she can no longer have and uncertain of a future she doesn’t yet fit in. Seventeen-year-old Cal is frustrated at his lack of control over the hand he's been dealt. When the two strike up an unlikely friendship, it's the perfect spark needed to thrust them both back to life.

Actors: Juliette Lewis , Cybill Shepherd , Alysia Reiner , Jonny Weston , Josh Hopkins
Directors: Jen McGowan
Country: USA
Release: 2014-03-07
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  • Karen Valby

    The biggest takeaway from Kelly & Cal, a wonderfully honest and tender film about the bitter pill of adulthood, is Hollywood's criminal underuse of Juliette Lewis.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Todd Gilchrist

    It's a film that takes its characters and their crises seriously, allowing them to fully explore their situation before providing them (and the audience) a genuine roadmap for finding their way through.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    This disarming pic navigates tricky emotional territory to emerge as an impressive feature debut for helmer Jen McGowan and scribe Amy Lowe Starbin.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    For all its frank sexual language, Kelly & Cal is hardly revolutionary or shocking. It drags in the second act and has an ending so obvious, you can smell it from the opening scene.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    Written by Amy Lowe Starbin and directed by Jen McGowan, both first-timers, the feature is alive with interactions that feel spontaneous.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The performances of Ms. Lewis and Mr. Weston crackle with authenticity. Like a good punk-rock song, this bracingly honest, tough-minded vignette stays true to itself.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Serena Donadoni

    Amy Lowe Starbin's script offers a welcome directness and some sly observations about acceptance and compromise.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Bruce Ingram

    It’s easy to see how an unhappy transition to suburban mommyhood might be enough to unhinge any self-respecting former punk rocker but, even so, it’s a little hard to take the angst-ridden mid-life shenanigans in Kelly & Cal seriously.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Penny Walker

    There are complex situations, well-acted characters and a central relationship that feels authentic and mature — and yet it's missing some element to bring it fully into focus.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • John DeFore

    The picture would go nowhere without the friendly chemistry between Lewis and costar Jonny Weston, as the wheelchair-bound high schooler who charms her. If young mothers had any time to go to movies, this one might draw them in droves.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Kelly & Cal is worth seeing, if only because it gives Lewis her first truly meaty role in years.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Frustratingly uneven, Kelly & Cal is too glib and prosaic to truly be insightful or impacting.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Kelly & Cal is at its best when focused on Lewis and Weston.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    This uneven directorial debut from Jen McGowan is notable mostly for a nicely understated turn from Juliette Lewis.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    A romantic drama complicated by a stroller and a wheelchair, and its first mistake is in assuming some kind of equity between the two vehicles.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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