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The D Train

Comedy . Drama

With his 20th reunion looming, Dan can’t shake his high school insecurities. In a misguided mission to prove he’s changed, Dan rekindles a friendship with the popular guy from his class and is left scrambling to protect more than just his reputation when a wild night takes an unexpected turn.

Actors: Denise Williamson , Donna DuPlantier , Corrina Lyons , Henry Zebrowski , Kyle Bornheimer , Mike White , Jeffrey Tambor , Kathryn Hahn , Jack Black , James Marsden
Directors: Andrew Mogel , Jarrad Paul
Country: UK , USA
Release: 2015-05-08
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  • Anisha Jhaveri

    There’s an effortless cool about Marsden's performance that's a perfect mismatch to Black's hysterics, and it brings a reassuring authenticity to some otherwise implausible plot twists.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Gregory Ellwood

    Mogel and Paul have a lot they are trying to accomplish with The D Train and at times it really is too much.... That being said, Marsden's career-best turn and a superb third act really turn things around.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Funny and sad isn’t the easiest combination to pull off, and while both descriptors fit The D Train well enough, this dark comedy might just as well be described as edgy and soft, audacious and coy, a largely enjoyable letdown.

    Variety Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    The dark and sometimes funny The D Train is a feel-bad comedy, in that one feels bad for what happens to every character in the film and bad for sometimes being taken to places that feel more implausible than just transgressive.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Think about that one insufferable guy you knew in school who comments on everything you put on Facebook. Now try and imagine spending an entire movie’s run time with him.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    The film uses its male-on-male boundary-leaping to give the shopworn man-boy narrative a refresh.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    This is a dark comedy; the tone is such that it benefits from Jack Black emphasizing the less appealing aspects of his personality.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    If there’s a weakness to The D Train, it’s only in the filmmakers’ ultimate choice to stop the pain right before the finish, as if any good might really come to the characters they’ve created. Perhaps the assumption was that, by then, audiences will have suffered enough. But some misery you really can’t get enough of, especially when it’s happening to other people.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    While Black is painfully effective as the dork who drops slangy kudos on his new BFF, Marsden is a revelation.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    This is the sort of film that will admittedly make some people uncomfortable, and that’s sort of the point.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Screenwriters Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, in an auspicious directing debut, are attempting to tackle emotional areas that can't be glibly resolved. Sure, they trip up a few times. But it's exhilarating watching them aim high.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Black's performance is the key to making The D-Train more than just another sophomoric bromance. The wild-eyed mania is still evident, but channeled through a filter of pity.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    Despite the bumpy ride, the final destination reveals a weirdly daring comedy with the familiar, but still necessary, lesson that being popular isn't all it's made out to be in the movies.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    For long stretches, The D Train serves as a commodious vehicle for Mr. Black, who, like the best comic performers, never seems remotely concerned about going too big or risking the audience’s love. He’s a showboat if every so often, more of a steamroller, capable of flattening everyone and everything in his way. Yet he is also adept at conveying emotional and psychological fragility.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • John Anderson

    As pure comedy, The D Train is far more cringe-worthy than outright hilarious. But as a study in human nature, it’s beyond provocative — and maybe even instructive.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    With superb, nuanced comedy performances from both White and Marsden, The D Train is a great, out-of-left-field star vehicle with tough laughs and real regret in it.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    It’s a mess, but it’s a commendable mess. Bonus points for ambition and nerve.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Although The D Train doesn’t completely live up to its potential, the film earns lots of points for treading a distinctive path through a conventional setup.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Where the story falters, though, the performers admirably hold one's attention.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    A modestly funny, little bit dark, occasionally knowing, not entirely cynical comedy that, to the extent that it succeeds at all, does so thanks to James Marsden.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The D Train is long on high-concept comedy, then runs out of steam and becomes a forced and far-fetched drama.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The clownish humor is imbued with a great, genuine pain. Unfortunately, the twist proves too much for the filmmakers to handle. The second half of The D Train collapses into a series of plot curlicues and narrative dead-ends. The picture loses its nerve and opts for a pat, wan resolution.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The D Train is so confusing it’s hard to track what anyone had in mind.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    The D Train has one great idea, a couple strong jokes, and a void at its center — a man who is only believable when he briefly becomes specific.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Every F-bomb, every sex gag or sexual comment, feels like an overreach and Dan just another Black character hoping the cool kids shine a little light his way.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Zach Hollwedel

    The D Train goes off the rails (weak, unfinished, poorly constructed rails), and wrecks somewhere between mediocre and unfortunately disappointing.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    A well-intended but scattered dramatic comedy.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The D Train hangs some inspired ideas and winning comic moments on material that’s not strong enough to support them.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    The D Train ultimately generates so few laughs from its thin “be yourself” message that a commendable refusal to gawk at the gay stuff is all that keeps it on track.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    The movie goes for grin-and-cringe-inducing, and instead achieves “excruciating.” Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Making a movie with a sad-sack protagonist this hard to root for is like laying track for the main line express to nowhere. Watching it is like taking a ride so bumpy, with scenery so boring, that you end up hoping for a derailment. Either way, buying a ticket for The D Train is something to regret.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Nothing about The D Train feels the least bit authentic, and worse, little about it is funny.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Katherine Pushkar

    In this dramatically disappointing comedy, Dan (Jack Black) is a loser. And not a lovable one, either.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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