REVIEW: God's Pocket

Posted Friday, May 9th 2014 @ 1pm  by Shelli Sonstein

Phillip Seymour Hoffman is the main reason to see this film. It’s one of his last roles. “Mad Men” star and sometimes “Mad Men” director John Slattery hired a strong cast for his film directorial debut. This dark comedy is set in a boozy, blue collar,  close-knit community, where everyone knows each other’s business.

John Turturro is fun as a small-time criminal  friend of the often drunk Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who is married to Christina Hendricks , who is wooed by a newspaper columnist played by Richard Jenkins.   See- great cast, right???!!

The film begins at the funeral of  Christina Hendrick’s son, a racist, foul-mouthed punk who is killed on the job by an older Black man he had bullied.  The co-workers protect their bullied brother, insisting it was a workplace accident.

The acting is fine but the characters , for the most part, have no back story.  And the dead-body-that-falls-out-of-a-truck bit is overused .

It’s worth seeing, just for Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who is much missed. He really was one of a kind. But you can wait for the DVD.


2 stars