Raising Flagg
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An elderly community handyman and notorious curmudgeon effectively isolates himself from his friends and neighbors by suing his lifelong best friend over a minor transgression in director Neal Miller's character-driven comedy drama. Flagg Purdy (Alan Arkin) is a cantankerous old coot who prides himself on principle. Despite Flagg's gruff exterior, his longtime wife, Ada (Barbara Dana), still cherishes her husband, and knows that his heart has always been in the right place. The pair's six grown children know too that their father has always meant well, even in times when his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Given the inherent limitations of the material, all of the actors work diligently and quite effectively."
‑ Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
"Dana is really the heart of the movie, giving a subtle, low-key performance."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Alan Arkin has the enviable ability of making nearly everything he's in watchable. Sadly, Raising Flagg sorely tests that ability."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Some of the characters' problems are wrapped up a bit too neatly, but the mild contrivances work because the principles are so endearing -- we want them to be happy, so when they are, it's satisfying, even if the happy moments aren't so honestly achieved."
‑ Jim Hemphill, Reel.com
"It's slight stuff, with several conflicts settled off-screen, but it's not without its low-key charms."
‑ M.E. Russell, Oregonian
"Erich Roland's HD cinematography is the only element of the film one can honestly enjoy."
‑ James C. Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Miller's affection for the Purdys... and their rustic way of life can't compensate for the script's clunky pacing and occasional moralizing."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Feels like a TV movie."
‑ Evan Henerson, Los Angeles Daily News
"The story is fairly slight and some of the characters are broadly drawn or not sketched at all."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"Too bad the offscreen intrigue doesn't make up for what flags in Flagg."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Crusty characters, a bluegrass soundtrack and a dysfunctional family that could exist only in the minds of Hollywood screenwriters make this film more precious than real -- or funny."
‑ Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Has some fine moments for Alan Arkin and his ex-wife Barbara Dana, but its bloated inconsequentiality is simply head-shaking."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Alan Arkin tries, but fails, as the gold standard curmudgeon who never had it so good."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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