A Short History Of Decay
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A Short History Of Decay
When Nathan Fisher, a thirty-something Brooklyn writer with a stalled career, is dumped by his ambitious girlfriend, he doesn't know where to turn. Suddenly, he gets a call telling him his father has been hospitalized and races down to Florida to help. His short visit turns into an extended stay during which he discovers that his aging parents are in much better control of their lives than he is. He also meets a woman, the polar opposite of his ex, who may be exactly what he is looking for. Starring Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin, Kathleen Rose Perkinsm and Emmanuelle Chriqui.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although more than a little meandering and self-indulgent, the film is likeable nonetheless due to its incisive characterizations and canny capturing of true-life moments."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Not a lot happens, and yet, as in the best so-called "slice of life" stories, you feel one way of life ending and another struggling to be born. The little that happens is enough."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"There is nothing to inherently dislike in A Short History of Decay, but neither is there anything to love."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"The film flourishes when it moves away from a coming-of-age story to a more family ensemble piece."
‑ Christine N. Ziemba, Paste Magazine
"While these loose ends might sound like scrambled bits out of an Eric Rohmer film, Mr. Maren's movie rather finds its groove in its humble domestic detail."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"Modest but winsome."
‑ Matthew Kassel, New York Observer
"Writer-director Michael Maren takes on a subject that is affecting baby-boomers all over the world...and he does so with a certain necessary seriousness and sensitivity. The problem here is that his film is neither very deep nor particularly moving."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A satisfying little film that keeps surprising you with its ability to tell recognizable truths in an original and human way."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Lavin is a treasure. But Erika is right - Nathan's neurotic self-indulgence strains our patience."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Maren's script isn't deep, but it's heartfelt without being sticky, suggesting that the best way to deal with aging parents is to savor every tender frustration while you can."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"[The] film desperately tries to mine sweetness from the banality of life's endgame, but the falseness of its bittersweet storytelling only accentuates the misery."
‑ David Ehrlich, The Dissolve
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