Hearts Beat Loud
Directed by Brett Haley. US. 2018. PG-13. 1 hour 37 minutes. Gunpowder & Sky. Digital.
Fri., June 29, 2018 thru Thu., July 19, 2018
Ends Thu, Jul 19.
In the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Nick Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to college, while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly “jam sesh” into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an Internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.
“Writer-director Haley (I’ll See You in My Dreams, The Hero) makes modest pictures about segments of life that almost don’t seem consequential enough to be movie subjects, like finding love later rather than sooner, and sending a kid off to college when you still feel like a kid yourself. But movies don’t have to be bigger and bolder than we ourselves are. Haley’s films are things we can reach toward–there’s an intimacy and candor about them that feels welcoming.” – Stephanie Zacharek, Time
“I could continue waxing nostalgically about growing up and moving out, because this film puts me in that kind of mood. But instead, I’ll just say that Hearts Beat Loud is an effervescent little pleasure, a quick 97-minute trip to a calm and pensive fantasy Brooklyn. (I mean, maybe Red Hook really is like that. I’ve only been there twice. It’s so hard to get to!) The film has great music—particularly the one earworm that somehow does not turn sour the longer it lingers in your head—and it’s got Toni Collette!” – Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
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