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The Tomorrow Man

By Alan Ng | May 1, 2019

The joy of The Tomorrow Man is watching two seasoned actors, acting like giddy teens in older bodies. Their love is sweet and endearing. And both have complicated families to deal with. There’s a fantastic scene where Ed is invited to Thanksgiving dinner by Brian for the first time in a long time. The reason is they almost always get into heated arguments about the end of the world that breaks down into a lot of yelling and…you know, parents and kids. For once, Ed is interested in going and asks if he can bring his girlfriend Ronnie, and she witnesses in short order the meltdown of his family.

“…a film starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner. Honestly, I should just end the review there…”

Noble Jones’ script is not only about love but about the people we become when we get older. We grow old alone, we become set in our ways. We put up defenses and become virtually impossible to tear down when we allow ourselves to love someone else late in the game.

The Tomorrow Man is not one of these high-dramas with something profound to say about human natures. It’s more a chance to watch two veteran actors in John Lithgow and Blythe Danner do what they spent their entire lives doing, and that’s act and act real damn good. They find that right balance between being normal and quirky to turn out a grounded performance. And the film’s final moment comes a little out of nowhere but is the perfect button to a sweet story.

The Tomorrow Man (2019) Written and directed by Noble Jones. Starring John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil, Sophie Thacher.

8 out of 10 stars

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  1. Gloria J. Dancause says:

    I enjoyed my time working with these actors. Amazing talent. Although I saw only one scene, I was moved when it all came together on the big and small screens. ~~ “Gift store customer”

  2. cokeefe says:

    I really like this movie. If you’re into constant action packed scenes, this is not it. It’s a slow paced movie about Ed, a total Prepper, and his girlfriend he mistakenly thinks is a fellow prepper only to find out later she is a hoarder. Both are lonely people obsessed with their own delusions and insecurities, until they meet.

    • Alan Ng says:

      I’m surprised The Tomorrow Man didn’t get much love beyond the festival circuit. It’s such a sweet film.

  3. Rachel Curtus says:

    The ending transformed meh into bleh.

  4. Alan Ng says:

    Everyone dies!

  5. Max Obuszewski says:

    What happens at the end of the film?

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