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ALL OR NOTHING

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All or Nothing

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
128 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/25/02
performer:
Lesley Manville, Timothy Spall, James Corden, Alison Garland
director:
Mike Leigh
distributor:
MGM
author:
Mike Leigh
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B+

They all live in the same housing complex and work as cab drivers or cashiers. But what ”All or Nothing’s” three working-class London families mostly have in common is the enervating dreariness of their dead-end lives. Weighing them down with debt, depression, alcoholism, and unwanted pregnancy, writer-director Mike Leigh (”Secrets & Lies”) wallows a bit insistently. Yet all that misery, accompanied by mournful cellos, becomes almost mesmerizing, and Leigh’s final flicker of hope is affectingly bittersweet. In the end, these people still have each other — but that probably won’t be enough.