Lebanon, Pa.
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Director Ben Hickernell explores the deepening divides in American culture with this sweet-and-sour comedy drama tracing the growing bond between a Philadelphia advertising executive and his second cousin, a pregnant teenager. Will (Josh Hopkins) is preparing to bury his father in Lebanon, PA, when he strikes up a conversation with CJ (Rachel Kitson), a distant cousin who has recently gotten pregnant. Her life at a crossroads, CJ isn't quite sure how to handle the situation. Responsibility has never been a strong point for Will, but upon getting to know CJ, he realizes his priorities may… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Since the crux of the tale is a teenager's decision about an unwanted pregnancy, "Lebanon, Pa." can't possibly please everyone. But Hickernell doesn't strain to be provocative."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"Plays out like one of those dull message movies that TV networks used to crank out almost weekly, but the earnestness is at times almost appealingly old-fashioned."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Starts off like a self-serious Garden State and ends up like a self-serious Juno."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Displays the delicate touch of a sledgehammer on an old sidewalk."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"A transitional time in the life of a 35-year-old ad agency executive when he has a chance to take a hard look at his life."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Not perfect, but vastly superior to most of the Hollywood dreck we've been getting lately, Lebanon, Pa. is a thoughtful and perceptive film well worth recommending."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Kitson, who plays CJ, the mouthy, forthright teenager at the center of the storm, illuminates a movie that is otherwise so studiously balanced an examination of teenage pregnancy that it deserves a medal for evenhandedness."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"An intriguing, beautiful film by a promising young director."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Cinematical
"For the most part it's your classic character-driven movie - the antithesis of an "issue" drama - until a contentious issue surfaces that threatens to overwhelm the story."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"As long as the pic remains rooted in a specific locale's rhythms, it imparts a sense of discovery; but when local color wears thin, bald ideological small-town/big-city oppositions intrude."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"The real casualties are momentum and narrative cohesion."
‑ Eric Hynes, Time Out New York
"This is a plea for self-described indie filmmakers to stop utilizing hyper-polished technique to talk about human misery."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"Lebanon, PA is a beautiful film with powerful characters and a story you can really connect with in a way that won't make you feel gross or manipulated."
‑ Mark Bell, Film Threat
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