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Rudderless

RudderlessBilly Crudup stars in William H. Macy's thoughtful directorial debut as Sam, an ad executive whose life is blown apart when he loses his only child in a...RudderlessDrama, ComedyPT105MRBilly Crudup stars in William H. Macy's thoughtful directorial debut as Sam, an ad executive whose life is blown apart when he loses his only child in a...2014-10-17

Selena Gomez and Billy Crudup in Rudderless (Courtesy Everett Collection)

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Rudderless

Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, Anton Yelchin; Director: William H. Macy; Author: William H. Macy, Jeff Robison, Casey Twenter; Release Date Limited: 10/17/2014; Runtime (in minutes): 105; MPAA Rating: R

Billy Crudup stars in William H. Macy’s thoughtful directorial debut as Sam, an ad executive whose life is blown apart when he loses his only child in a school shooting. Within two years, Sam is (barely) working as a housepainter and drinking enough to float the boat he now lives on, until the discovery of a trove of songs his son wrote and recorded seems to offer him a chance to reconnect with the boy he lost and leads him to another one (Anton Yelchin) in need of a father figure. An ill-judged twist pitches the story sideways, but Crudup’s performance holds the center. His pain isn’t soggy or showy; it just feels true. B+