Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019)

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DON'T COME BACK FROM THE MOON is a story of abandonment, when all the men in a remote California desert town walk away from their families, one by one. They leave their angry, frustrated sons and daughters behind -- kids who act out, engage in acts of petty burglary and vandalism, and look for love and family connection in the aftermath of their abandonment, all the while trying to understand why their fathers have "gone to the moon," leaving them to traverse the difficult path to adulthood alone.

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James Franco
as Roman Smalley
Rashida Jones
as Eva Smalley
Jeffrey Wahlberg
as Mickey Smalley
Zackary Arthur
as Kolya Smalley
Scott Crane
as Budd Stecko
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

Small things transpire. Life-changing events happen. All of it framed in that one summer, where most days are about 90 percent despair and 10 percent hope and joy - but when you're 16, that 10 percent just might be enough to see you through to 17.

January 18, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

For a movie that is supposedly about the consequences of absentee fathers, it sure has little of importance to say about the families they desert. The Moon deserves better symbolism.

January 18, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

It's a very small movie with a very big emotional force that unfolds through the eyes of 16-year-old Mickey, sensitively played by promising newcomer Jeffrey Wahlberg.

January 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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An artful and affecting mix of harshly defined specifics and impressionistic storytelling

January 18, 2019 | Full Review…
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The movie's emotional potency is undeniable, its slow crescendo of wounded feelings and shimmering photography leaving unexpected imprints on the eyes and heart.

January 17, 2019 | Full Review…

If "Don't Come Back From the Moon" isn't entirely successful, it means well as an engaged, considerate tour of a recognizably broken landscape

January 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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