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Adapted from a stage play by Anne Nelson, a drama centering on a slice of the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. Nick, a fire captain, who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center, enlists help from an editor, Joan, to prepare their eulogies. Nick builds a relationship with Joan, who helps him put together the difficult, heartfelt speeches that he must deliver with honor, humor and poise--all the while, navigating his way through his own emotional response.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A well-intentioned misfire that doesn't work in the way it intended."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"One of those rare and exemplary motion pictures that is likely to make audiences of strangers want to hold hands."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Very well acted performances from Sigourney Weaver and Anthony Lapaglia, the excellent screenplay, and fluid hazy direction make this a hidden masterpiece."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The Guys accurately reflects all the helplessness and directionless determination of those unreal days."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"Do not miss this film."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"A noble attempt, but not much more."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"If anyone needs reminding of those profound post-9/11 feelings, now or later, The Guys will be there to do it."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"The occasional intercut of fire department surveillance camera footage isn't exactly making the most of the cinema medium."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"If you want an idea of what New York was like in the immediate days after 9/11, here you go."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A modest masterpiece."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Weaver, LaPaglia and director Simpson have little problem keeping us involved as they grapple with conflicting feelings in the ways nearly all Americans did."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The sobriety of the play has been preserved at the expense of the movie."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Painfully earnest but sporadically quite moving..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"[An example of our instinct to] moderate collective tragedies into easily-digested cud for bovine mastication on the Oprah show."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Besides the fact that it's about 9/11, it's also an effective film because you learn something about the lives of the firemen who are willing to lay down their lives for our safety, which was true long before the year 2001"
‑ Greg Dean Schmitz, Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
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