A genetics professor clones his dead wife, over and over, in a desperate attempt to get her back exactly as she was.
Jonathan Silverman (Adam Slope), Jennifer Finnigan (Dawn Slope), Richard Kind (Harold), Angela Kinsey (Helen), Beth Grant (Rebecca), Scout Taylor-Compton (Emma Grady), Steven Bauer (Father Gregory), Avery Calabrese (Wally), GeorgeAnne Carden (Molly (as GeorgeAnne Lorraine)), Bonnie Deutsch (Meredith), Chloe Doyle (Baby Dawn), Claudia Funk (Nicole), Malina Germanova (Dawn's friend), Thomas Q. Jones (Wyatt), Henry Alexander Kelly (Funeral Guest (as Henry Alex Kelly)), Dwayne Kennedy (Professor Bentley), Scott Krinsky (Lester), Nadia Lanfranconi (Sara Fondo), Bai Ling (Professor Huan), Jonathan Lipnicki (Steve), Margot Macdonald (Young Dawn), Joshua Mann (Officer Peter Fast), Kerri Medders (Dawn Slope at 15), Joel Michaely (Professor Mitchell), Richard Portnow (Shamus Trout)...
Scott Perlman (written by)
Steven Bauer (co-producer), Colombe Drapeau (associate producer), Jennifer Finnigan (producer), Gregory Groves (associate producer), Sonya Houston (executive producer), Marketta Karsikko-Gassel (associate producer), Bill Kennedy (executive producer), Dan Kennedy (associate producer), John Lange (co-producer), Shannon Makhanian (producer)...
Take one part Groundhog Day, add one part Multiplicity, then dip in a thick dark comedy coating and you have got Andover. Not only does this exceptional movie take you on a journey through the lives and choices of very relatable and likable individuals, it forced me to ask questions of myself which, in more cases than I could have ever expected, I was surprised at my own answers. I found my internal pendulum swinging back and forth while I waited to find out where I would land on issues I thought I had already clear cut answers for walking in. Not only did I laugh at the well-crafted and executed dark humor, but just as often, I found myself as explored the question "what would I do?" and finding the answers to not be as black and white as I thought they were.
Johnathan Silverman is wonderful, proving that he has continued to develop his impeccable sense of comedic timing over the years while proving his range goes far beyond what I would have ever expected. Jennifer Finnigan absolutely shines with exceptional performances all around. But most impressive to me was how writer/director Scott Perlman boldly and unabashedly takes aim at several highly polarizing concepts head on by wrapping them in thick coating of dark comedy, proving that if you get it just right, you can create a thought provoking movie that is highly enjoyable regardless of where you might stand on any specific subject.
I only wish it had been shown in more theaters as I haven't had many people to discuss where they landed and if this movie made them rethink their beliefs the same way it did me. But I guess that is part of the fun. Hopefully it will be on VOD in the near future. I can't recommend this movie enough.
Jonathan Silverman and Jennifer Finnigan are married in real life.
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