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Genre Drama
Running Time 117 min
MPAA rating PG-13 (Adult Language, Adult Situations)
Release Date Apr 24, 2009
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The Soloist

Los Angeles columnist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) has reached an impasse in his life. His marriage is on the rocks, and he's disillusioned with his job. Then, while wandering through L.A.'s Skid Row, he spots a homeless man (Jamie Foxx) playing a two-stringed violin with a virtuoso's skill. Lopez initially thinks of the man, named Nathaniel Ayers, as just a story idea. But as he begins to unravel the mystery of Ayers' strange fate, Lopez realizes that a change is happening within himself.

Jamie Foxx Nathaniel Ayers
Robert Downey Jr. Steve Lopez
Catherine Keener Mary Weston
Tom Hollander Graham Claydon
LisaGay Hamilton Jennifer Ayers-Moore
Stephen Root Curt
Nelsan Ellis David Carter
Rachael Harris Leslie
Jena Malone Lab Technician

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Apr 28, 2009 - sfcmack on The Soloist
A Disappointment

The beginning of this movie is exceptionally slow and boring. The character played by Jamie Foxx is not introduced until well into the movie. When he is introduced, it occurs in short fragmented segments of the characters life, making it difficult to make sense of who this character is and how he developed into who is now.

The movie focuses too much attention on Robert Downey's character and fails to develop the Jamie Foxx character into something believable. However, Jamie Foxx does a very good job of acting, the movie itself doesn't support him.

Also striking in this movie is the comic book portrayal of the skid row area of Los Angeles. In almost every skid row scene there are about 100 people on the street who are best described as being either homeless, mentally ill, drug addicts or simply threatening.

Apr 27, 2009 - AnDroo.Napoli on The Soloist

Inside joke, I have a Schizo stalker that thinks I am the center of some conspiracy that's trying to destroy his world, so this movie was a rerun.

The acting was really superb, Jamie Foxx really caught the crazy. The ebbs and flows in and out of lucidity, it was like watching someone doing needlework, where the cloth is wet with madness and the thread is sanity. every time the thread would cross the threshold of madness it would be moistened, but the string would be pulled through after quick enough to resist picking up more crazy. But the image itself being stitched doesn't make sense in the end, so it doesn't matter how dry your threads are. The futility of the entire situation this movie presents on every angle is maddening, Jamie really asserted himself as more of an environmental factor than a character. The rest of the movie's environment was just as odd laced with odd quirky continuities. Or, common threads if you will. The paced planting of raccoons throughout the film for instance, almost like place markers, but I think the director intended them as comic relief.

To the story, Not really sure how to process the movie. It really seemed like Downy's character just didn't "get it". Which is only confusing because its form the point of view of the author, so he had to "get it" in order to write the peripheral character roles. So I think the main character/author wasn't very genuine. BUT if he was, then this is one of the most well crafted apologies to his friends one could ever write. Either way he's exceptionally Self-deprecating. And that was too much contrast for the role in my opinion. He was trying to 'help' this guy in the meantime exploiting him for a book deal, all the while having his ex-wife being the one to point that out. In the end all works out, but.... There was still a book written... So did he, the author/main character really learn the lesson that he was trying to portray in the film?

It kinda reminded me of "Natural Born Killers" where the whole point of the movie was to never have seen it. Only on the flip side of the equation.

Either way, Coyote Urine showers, and I use to own a Bently before the CIA used my thoughts to burn down Santana Row... Now I am a master of mainframes and protecting all the princesses in the world from alpha-males whoaretryingtorapeallthatisgoodinlifewiththieractionstryingtoboxmeinandmakemeimasculatedandthat'swhyIcan'tsayhianymorebecausetheyareallinthiercliqueanddont'understandbecausetheirthoughtshavebeencontrolledbyHIM

Apr 26, 2009 - LuvnLKN on The Soloist
This movie has heart...

The acting is superb as one might expect from two talented and accomplished actors. There are many layers through which to see this story. Should one give help when none was solicited? Whose needs are being fulfilled? What if we all saw each other as whole, perfect and complete? In the image and likeness of Source?

The music is outstanding.

I withheld 1/2 star for continuity. It could have been shorter without the story suffering at all.

Apr 25, 2009 - Luke Brit on The Soloist
Soloist - poor!

My wife and I saw 'The Soloist' and came out of the theatre with little to say about it.
We agreed that it had dragged - and that neither of us wanted to see it again!
We also agreed that two such stars would draw so much attention that it will likely - undeservedly! - be nominated for several awards.

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