Lisa Schwarzbaum
May 17, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Daddy Longlegs

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
100 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/14/10
performer
Ronald Bronstein
director
Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie
author
Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie

We gave it a C+

Drawing on their own askew childhood for inspiration, filmmaking brothers Josh and Benny Safdie cast grunge-hipster fellow filmmaker Ronald Bronstein (Frownland) as Lennie, a childish New York City dad who gets custody of his two young boys for two weeks — which may be 13 days too many. A disconcertingly jumpy tale of breathtakingly crummy parenting, the windblown movie dares a tolerant audience not to call Child Services. Sage and Frey Renaldo, sons of Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, play Lennie’s kids with hipster-child authenticity. C+

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