Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer

Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer
Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer
  • R
  • 1h 58m
  • 2017
Certified Fresh89%
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Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) lives a lonely life in the margins of New York City power and money. Norman strives to be everyone’s friend, but his incessant networking leads him nowhere. Norman ends up befriending a young but charismatic politician Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi) at a low point in his life. Three years later, the politician becomes an influential world leader. Flush with his newfound feeling of success, Norman attempts to use Eshel’s name to leverage his biggest deal ever: a series of quid pro quo transactions linking the Prime Minister to Norman’s nephew (Michael Sheen), a rabbi (Steve Buscemi), a mogul (Harris Yulin), his assistant (Dan Stevens), and a treasury official from the Ivory Coast. Norman’s kaleidoscopic plans soon go awry, creating the potential for an international catastrophe he must struggle to prevent. The new film by Academy Award® nominated director Joseph Cedar (Footnote) is a comic and compassionate drama of a little man whose downfall is rooted in a human frailty all too easy to forgive—a need to matter.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh89%
Critics Consensus: Norman's elegantly told story is brought brilliantly to life by a quietly powerful performance from Richard Gere.
Reviews
Times (UK)
Kevin Maher
Rotten

I've had enough of Gere's breathtaking golden years tour de force performances. Because they're st...

June 25, 2017
Detroit News
Adam Graham
Rotten

"Norman" is a small character study of a classic wannabe - think "The King of Comedy," set in the...

June 25, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Calvin Wilson
Fresh

Norman may be a mere wannabe, but "Norman" is a small gem.

June 25, 2017
Washington Post
Ann Hornaday
Fresh

Is Norman a macher, a schnorrer or a mensch? Thanks to the filmmaker's sensitive touch and Gere's...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 15+
Common Sense Says
Downfall of a would-be deal maker in talky, mature drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Norman is a drama about a man (played by Richard Gere) who tries to succeed at business by getting influential people on his side. It's long, very talky, and deals with mature subject matter that's unlikely to interest younger viewers -- unless they're passionate about ethical dilemmas and politics. A suicide takes place off screen; the movie implies that it's a fitting end for the character. Swearing isn't constant but includes multiple uses of the words "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," and "goddammit." In a brief scene, an angry man pushes another man into a pile of garbage bags while berating him. Adults drink beer and wine at parties (no one acts drunk), and the movie's plot is set into motion by the purchase of a brand of very expensive designer shoes (the designer's store, wares, and logo are shown at length). Political influence can be bought in this movie, and success is largely a matter of calling in favors from people who owe you something, an idea that may disillusion some viewers. And while the main character shows perseverance, he's not someone you'd consider a positive role model.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:April 14, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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