Reach for Me

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6.01 h 30 min200916+
Dying is hell - and Alvin's going to make sure everyone knows it. Academy Award nominees Seymour Cassell & Alfre Woodard star. AARP Movies for Grownups Award-winner.
Directors
LeVar Burton
Starring
Seymour CassellAdrienne BarbeauAlfre Woodard
Genres
Drama
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Johnny WhitworthLacey ChabertLeVar Burton
Producers
Charlene Blaine-SchulenburgSusan RodgersMark
Studio
Brainstorm Media
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingviolence
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3.7 out of 5 stars

40 global ratings

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MelindaReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie for adults
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Okay...first, this isn't a "family" movie...but this is a movie that is based on reality and should be seen by adults who want to get a better understanding of what people may go through at the end of life. The main character is cantankerous, but he's also hurting and initially lashes out in a vulgar way. If anything, this film teaches you how to be patient and understanding. When life is coming to an end, we reflect on our past and the choices we made, right or wrong. This film is about a man who has to come to terms with the choices and his past, good and bad...but also about self-forgiveness and redemption. Its not a happy movie, but I would recommend that you see it if you are helping someone at this stage of life.
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Annie DavenportReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
As a Hospice caregiver, this movie is so genuine, it brought back sweetly sad memories
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This movie was gently and lovingly directed. The actors brought a genuine and authentic feel to the entire Hospice floor from staff, volunteers, family, and especially the patients. Some reviewers complain that Alvin was to 'raunchy', that his gruffness 'ended the mood'. I'm here to say that Alvin's attitude and actions are exactly what one encounters on the Hospice floor. Accepting the fact that one has reached the end of their earthly moments tend to make some people raunchy, gruff, and sometimes, downright mean. All Alvin needed was some gentle kindness to help him understand that all was not lost, that he, at least, had a bit of time to make new friends, new memories, even to find love again. Alvin's gruff raunchiness was his suit of armor that even death couldn't scare him, when in fact, he was terrified and acting out because he desperately needed a reassuring and gentle hand. Understanding the emotional part of active dying is imperative to giving full proper care. This understanding leads the caregiver to not judge, but instead to compassion and empathy, gentleness, and love; and it can lead to a caregiver who is willing to break a couple of rules to help love along its path.

Kevin was filled with grace, humor, acceptance and giving his girlfriend his blessing for her to find love again and to live a full, happy, and rich life. They had a 'last a lifetime' kind of love. In a sense, that's exactly what happened. Their love lasted Kevin's lifetime.

So, please watch and enjoy this movie with the knowledge that what you witness on the Hospice floor IS what happens on the Hospice floor. And yes, most of the staff in facilities smoke. This is a very difficult and a super high stress line of work. You know the patients you come to respect and love are going to die. Some peacefully slip away, others suffer greatly. Most of the families pull the caregiver into the fold of the family. For me, it was an honor to help my patients through the last of their journey on this earth. I've seen some remarkable things, I'd even say I witnessed some miracles, and things that cannot be explained except by faith.
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WilfReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully rendered film about the Young and the Old facing the same dilemma...
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Listen, this film isn't a "filthy" film like some have commented. Yes, there is some language and scenes that are suggestive but getting past those, this is a modern day film whose characters are dealing with LIFE as it is, in a stage where there's not much left to do but wait. The main character is cantankerous and often day dreams about the past, so we see current day in his hospital room and then times when he drifts back to have conversations with his wife who is dressed in about late 40s garb. His room mate is a young 20 something who is in even worse shape than he is and whose pretty young wife (Lacey Chaubert) comes to visit. The actors are well known and the scenes beautifully acted. Anyone who has dealt with terminal illness in their family or who've worked in the field will recognize authenticity when they see it. This film is bittersweet but the topic is timeless and Levar Burton depicted it --as it is IS, in the real world. I only hope if any of us face our elder years or a situation like the characters have in the film, that we would be lucky enough to have loving and humane caregivers to help make the journey a little better. I loved Alfre Woodard's character and it was so great to see the beautiful Adrienne Barbeau in this film too. We need more films like this. It was very realistic.
12 people found this helpful
MickeybReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
cannot get over the obnoxious lead character
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This is a redemption story... sort of. The anti-hero is very unlikable VERY. Loud and crude and mean. Somehow the other characters treat him warmly nonetheless. This movie is so stupid that it thinks we will believe a woman (w/a mastectomy is Flattered because the lead character does a peeping tom number on her and they end the movie sleeping together. Earlier we got to hear the lead shout "Titties! I love titties!" so, I suppose that his being willing to sleep w/the breast cancer survivor shows he's changed his ways? Gross. All this in a hospice care facility. Meanwhile there are some side storylines that don't involve the audience because they just don't ring true. You also get the treat of seeing LaVar Burton's feet up close and personal as he paints his toenails - the only hint that he is gay - until the obnoxious lead mentions it later. I'm sorry I gave this pic so much time.
Renee GrateReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Live a little...MORE.
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The language and innuendo was a bit disgusting, but it fit his character as a dying old man. At least it had a good ending after all was said and done. The young couple was very sweet and good to see them in love to the very last instant. Not a movie for children to watch.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
a play about slowly dying
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a sweet and poignant, and sometimes grating, look inside a hospice. gives the viewer insights as to life there. comes off as more of a play, and that is meant as a compliment. saddest of all is watching the slow death of a young man, with his wife right by his side every minute, and the love they share is palpable, even as they know he is dying. my only complaint is with the grating voice of cassell, which took me out of the mood.
sheryl creechReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love til the end!
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Having run nursing homes for several years, I have seen love blossom under grace, with dignity, in the face of hostile families and terminal illnesses. This movie shows, with humor, grace and dignity, how love persists in spite of all adversity. The staff sneaking a smoke in the back, knowing how bad it is for them, the nurse who goes against the rules to push two beds together for the sake of love, and the flashbacks to the wife who comes back as a ghost, or voice, to inspire, help to make this a movie to remember. As the patient who has endured two mastectomies, Adrienne Barbeau's character stands proudly to show that, yes, she is altered, but no less a woman because of her scars. I have waited impatiently the last few years for this to get to dvd, and I will purchase it with joy. If I get a home to run again, this will be featured on movie night. Watch with an open heart, and enjoy!!
15 people found this helpful
B. ParkerReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Johnny Whitworth and Lacey Chabert made me cry and smile.
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This is an incredibly touching, heart-breaking and beautiful life story. Johnny Whitworth showed us what love and strength in the face of adversity looks like. This young man changed the hearts of the older residents of the home by his love, openness and thoughtfulness for others. My heart just overflowed with love and tears of sorrow and joy.
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