The Confirmation

6.41 h 41 min2016X-RayPG-13
Clive Owen shines in this irresistible comedy about an estranged father and son, whose weekend adventure leads to something they never imagined: a true family connection.
Bob Nelson
Clive OwenJaeden LieberherMaria Bello
English [CC]
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Robert ForsterTim Blake NelsonPatton Oswalt
Todd HoffmanBob Nelson
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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DonnaReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Skip for the kids.
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If this movie is to make one become more moral it failed. Twice in this movie it was confirmed that stealing is totally acceptable - to the writers. Instance one, steal when you're broke and and the people that you stole from excuse the stealers. Instance two, reward with much gratitude when a child steals even though he had money to pay for the object. And at the end of the movie I had to give a lesson to my child that it is not ok to steal. So much for watching a wholesome meaning movie.
14 people found this helpful
S. PembleReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I wish there was some accountability for the people who write movie descriptions. I watched this movie based on the cast and the description, which claimed it was an "irresistible comedy". I was looking for a comedy. The movie is pretty good, I enjoyed it, but there is absolutely nothing about this movie that qualifies as humor, by any stretch of the imagination. It's not as bad as watching Arachniphobia and expecting a hoot of a film, based on the preview (which I also fell for), but it's in that ballpark.
7 people found this helpful
RidiriReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Sad but honest reveal on the relationships in a divorce situation
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I really enjoyed how the father and son both treated Drake with gentleness and respect after they found out how crazy he really was. They could have had a good laugh about Drake (and it was pretty funny!) but chose instead to let him keep his dignity. Also I like the end part in which the mother allowed her son to give his dad the money after hearing his reasons. But the movie reinforced for me all the worst aspects of divorce: the parent retaining custody gives the other parent a bunch of rules to follow in front of their child, basically reducing the parent to a child and on the same level as their own child; the parent without custody commenting negatively on the beliefs and principals of the parent with custody, fostering division in the mind of their child; and just as bad, sharing private communication with each other without including the new partner, keeping the new partner in ignorance and setting up a lack of communication in the second marriage that parallels the first.
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MZReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not A Comedy, But Still Good
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This is a drama with likable characters that you want good things to happen for. A divorced father picks up his son for the weekend, and a series of unfortunate events leads to a chaotic few days. While some amusing things happen along the way, the story is not a comedy. It's a slice of life in these people's lives. The performances were wonderful. Not sure why it's called The Confirmation. It mentions the religious ceremony of confirmation, but that's not part of the movie. I guess it's more a confirmation of the father-son relationship. Good movie. You won't regret watching it.
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K. E. StranskyReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Father/Son Movie About Dysfunction and Working Through it All.
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This is such a great little story about how a father and son work through the issues that led to the parents marriage ending and the son spending weekends with his father. They have so many disasters over the weekend that it becomes almost a comedy before the son is returned to his mom and step dad on a Sunday afternoon. Anyone that has gone through a divorce will relate and some away happy that they watched this movie.
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MandyReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Quiet Confirmation
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It is honest and thoughtful, devoid of formulaic characterizations with some genuine encouragement to trust in ones own inner compass. . A beautiful little piece. Both my husband and I really liked this story and thought it was the best thing we'd seen in a long time. We watch lots of movies. The young actor and Clive Owen have terrific chemistry together. In fact, I would have to say that Mr. Owen follows rather than leads the scenes-a real humility there. The supporting cast carries a host of unusual characters -all lovable in their flawed humanity. Quality performances by all. The only thing that was sort of "off" for me was the unusual haircuts on both the young actors. It seemed almost on purpose and it kept hanging me up, bringing me out of the story. The filming is unpretentious and lean. A really great little movie.
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Debbie AReviewed in the United States on May 5, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Stick with it.....
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In the beginning you're just getting to know the characters, then some painful scenes, then a sloooooow chase/search with some awkward & scary situations, and THEN it gets good. The son, Anthony has a funny scene toward the very end, which is why I think it's listed as a comedy/drama. Stick with it because you do get invested in the characters and you are left with a good feeling when it's all said and done.
3 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Clive Owen and his son Jaeden Martell learn how to bond
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Clive Owen is having a hard time in life. He’s got a drinking problem, he’s divorced from Maria Bello and has a young son Jaeden Martell. Owen plays a bit of a curmudgeon while Martell is completely innocent and kind. The story is about them bonding which occurs when the two go on a bit of an adventure. There’s a really good supporting cast as well of Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Foster and Patton Oswalt. Oswalt brings the laughs as he bumbles around making wild accusations. The movie is billed as a comedy but it’s really just a sold family drama.
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