Off And Running
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Once-hot singing star Cyndi Lauper heads the cast of the Florida-based thriller Off and Running. Lauper plays a minor TV actress, Cyd Morse, who works nights as an underwater dancer at a posh Miami Beach hotel. While pitching woo with her boyfriend (José Pérez), Cyd is startled by the arrival of two hoods, who murder her man and prepare to do same to her. With a vital piece of evidence in her hot little hand, our heroine bolts her hotel room and runs off into the night. She enlists the reluctant aid of golfer Jack Cornett (David Keith), who tries to keep her from getting "iced"… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A patient, slightly stiff, often intensely moving portrait of a girl who believes her choices are literally black and white."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Opper doesn't angle for a climactic group hug, but she sticks around long enough to allow us to exhale while this intelligent young woman begins to set herself, quite literally, back on track."
‑ Ella Taylor, Village Voice
"...a personal and insightful character study"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Captures raw emotion of adopted teen grappling with her African-American identity -- happy ever after is subjective in America where race makes everything more complicated."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"the more stilted, scripted moments that make the whole thing seem false, and take away from the thrust of the movie"
‑ Christopher Null,
"The director, Nicole Opper, makes space for the complexities of transracial adoption without forcing her film into a predetermined, inspirational box."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"What at first looks like a heartwarming portrait of a highly blended modern family turns into a no less engrossing illustration of that situation's possible pitfalls in Off and Running."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"This documentary not only provides a look at a most unique and diverse family, but provides a subtext of environment vs. heredity"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Nice coming-of-age doc about an African-American teen who shares a Brooklyn brownstone with the white Jewish lesbian parents who adopted her and two adopted siblings."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Director Nicole Opper never resorts to promoting reductive, campus counselor-esque values."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"As the father of an adopted daughter, I was very moved. But the film is so well done that just about anybody will have that feeling."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Off and Running is so careful about being non-judgmental, that it dares you to judge it for being too diverse and multi-cultural. Was this POV chosen so we could chastise ourselves for not accepting someone because they are "different?""
‑ Adam Lippe,
"Blessed with candid subjects, a sure sense of emotional honesty and an eye for drawing out the power of small moments, Opper has produced a memorable, deeply affecting film."
‑ Robert Levin, Critic's Notebook
"Plots of coming of age narrative features often exploit teenagers' raging hormones and explore the high jinx fueled by them. In contrast, Nicole Opper's coming of age documentary is a serious study about an adolescent's search for her personal identity"
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"Ultimately uplifting, this endearing bio-pic offers a wonderful warts-and-all look from the inside out at both the blessings and challenges of trans-cultural adoption."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
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