Lebanon, Pa.
Lebanon, Pa. (2011)

Will, a charming 35-year-old Philadelphia advertising man, travels to Lebanon, PA to bury his recently deceased father. There, he meets his newly pregnant teenage cousin CJ and they form an unexpected friendship. as both try to find their… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 29, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

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.

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Kyle Smith
New York 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.

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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Starts off like a self-serious Garden State and ends up like a self-serious Juno.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Eugene Novikov

An intriguing, beautiful film by a promising young director.

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Ronnie Scheib

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.

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Alison Willmore
AV Club

Displays the delicate touch of a sledgehammer on an old sidewalk.

Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine

This is a plea for self-described indie filmmakers to stop utilizing hyper-polished technique to talk about human misery.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I actually liked this nice, touching, thought provoking little film. Made me smile at the end, and I like when movies do that. I really liked the scene where… More
Cast: Josh Hopkins, Samantha Mathis, Mary Beth Hurt, Rachel Kitson, Ian Merrill Peakes Director: Ben Hickernell Summary: Urbane Philadelphia ad man Will… More