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Everyday People
Independent filmmaker Jim McKay (Girls Town) writes and directs the ensemble film Everyday People, produced in part by HBO Films. The story revolves around a neighborhood eatery in Brooklyn called Raskins, a Jewish-owned-and-operated restaurant with an almost exclusively black clientele. After years of faithful service, owner Ira (Jordan Gelber) contemplates selling out to a corporation as part of the city's urban renewal. Everyday People premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the American Spectrum competition. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"My only complaint is that it feels more like a series pilot than a stand-alone film, but thumbs up."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Jim McKay's ensemble drama, the opening feature in the annual New Directors/New Films series, has a roaming, lived-in quality."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"Appealing and interesting characters, but [McKay] spreads his film too thinly over too many of them, resulting in sketches, rather than portraits."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
"It has an undeniable authenticity in its characterizations and situations and an empathy that is all too rare even in independent cinema."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"I feel like a real heel for not being able to endorse this film enthusiastically and wholeheartedly, but there we have it."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Vividly depicts the changes taking place in the lives of the working poor in Brooklyn now that the traditional safety nets no longer protect them."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The ensemble cast, asked to improvise its roles, interacts with conviction and chemistry."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Although ambitious...Everyday People is a disappointing step backwards for the filmmaker."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
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