Why Stop Now?
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Eli (Jesse Eisenberg) is a piano prodigy. Today is the audition that will determine his future-- will he launch a career and take off into the world? Or will he stay stuck, caring for his sister and mother (Melissa Leo) who, despite her cheerful, loving disposition, is a drug addict. The only obstacle to a seamless transition into his future is dropping off Mom off at the center where she will enter rehab, but a glitch in the system forces sends them off to enlist the help of an unlikely ally, her drug dealer Sprinkles (Tracy Morgan). The day spirals downhill quickly, and the hapless team must… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"First-time directors Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner can't find a coherent emotional tone, and the actors' energetic contortions can't keep the sinking story afloat."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As "Why Stop Now?" gathers momentum, the increasingly uneasy sensation it produces is not unlike that of being in the back seat of a speeding car whose drunken driver refuses to give up the wheel."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It descends into a series of mawkish, over-melodramatic scenes that are entirely unearned and often unpleasantly noisy. It's never especially funny or dramatic and leaves the viewer feeling unsure of what the filmmakers were really trying to achieve."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"The alleged comedy 'Why Stop Now' is here to prove that when it tries really, really hard to be awful it can overcome the obstacle of having a terrific cast."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, ScreenCrush
"Fast-paced and driven by Eisenberg, again finding varying dimensions in a twitchy character that isn't a repeat of his past roles."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"Drug abuse stories are to Hollywood what babies are to mothers: fascinating to the talkers, not so interesting for their audiences."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Why Stop Now refuses to keep faith with its characters, to carry them as far as they can go without tying them up in a neat bow of redemption."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"An odd mix of blatantly comedic moments and strangely serious scenes, Why Stop Now finds itself stranded on an odd middle ground between comedy and drama."
‑ Chelsey Grasso, Paste Magazine
"Boasts such a diverse cast of recognizable faces that you have to wonder where it all went wrong..a half-hearted tale that should land with more impact than it does."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"It's handsome, well-paced, and nicely acted, but suffers from a fatal lack of purpose, as if Dorling and Nyswaner couldn't commit to whatever movie they wanted to make."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Feels trapped in the limbo between comedy and drama where many indies gamely venture, but from which few emerge with any resonance."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"This comic drama tries too hard to serve up a slice of manic life, but Eisenberg, along with Tracy Morgan and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as the affable druggies, provides some spark."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Young man's very bad day includes drugs, swearing, more."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Each actor is adept at twisting a line or bit of spectacular illogic so gasps turn to laughs."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, honeycuttshollywood.com
"Shifting between wacky situation comedy and somber familial drama, Why Stop Now? isn't invested enough in either mode to convincingly pull off its genre-hopping ambitions."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
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