Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

Blu-ray Disc - 2018
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On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.


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Jun 21, 2019

Dreary story about a jerk who was a talented cartoonist. The cartoons were the best part of the movie, but It was hard to read some of the captions on them.

May 13, 2019

This film is more about the hero's experience with AA, than about his cartooning. His sobriety turns him rapidly into wonderful, happy person who even has an active sex life despite being paralyzed; all a bit simplistic and unrealistic.

May 02, 2019

Written and directed by Gus Van Sant in 2018 based on the memoir of the same name by John Callahan, this American docudrama depicts the life of John Callahan who became a quadriplegic in an auto accident at age 21.
The film delves into the healing power of a charismatic sponsor Donnie Green.
A life-affirming, sweet-and-sour and inspirational story.

Mar 26, 2019

I was giving this a try, as it does touch on a subject that effects many...alcohol addiction and the struggle to get away from it. This film spent much of the time going back and forth, from addiction group and the 12 step process, back to pre-accident, and his eventual notoriety of his art work.
I was again impressed with the acting by Joaquin Phoenix, and even impressed by Jonah Hill's serious performance, of which was a departure from other characters I had seen him in. I was also liking Rooney Mara, however this girlfriend relationship did not feel real to me.
This is based upon the book by John Callahan and has partial writing credit for the film, along with director Gus Van Sant.
As much as it touched on an important issue, I found myself skipping ahead through this film, and stopping every-once-in-awhile. Found the main characters not that interesting, nor even cared for or liked them. Whether this is the person's themselves, the writing, or perhaps that is partly the fault of the director.
No extras on this DVD.

Feb 11, 2019

how to quit drinking.

Feb 10, 2019

Well-acted, occasionally compelling, and uneven biopic of John Callahan, a wheelchair-bound, Portland cartoonist. Based on his autobiography, it's a story of loss (he lost the use of his legs in a car accident), alcoholism, recovery, and triumph. As such, it follows all the conventions and cliches of the genre, although director Gus Van Sant tries to keep things interesting by jumbling chronology, animating his cartoons, and alternating tones. It succeeds largely due to is fine cast: the ever unpredictable Joaquin Phoenix as Callahan, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black (taking a welcome break from his usual terrible movies), and famous rock stars Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, and Beth Ditto (the Gossip). It's not bad, but I feel I've seen this movie many times before. Fun fact: Van Sant has directed 3 Phoenixes. Originally, like 20 years ago, Robin Williams was going to star.

Jan 27, 2019

Good acting! Some memorable characters and scenes, esp John's AA sponsor!
Yet, at times, this film had poorly-done, confusing scenes and the film had a feel of low-budget and quality, esp the first half of the film!
This movie was based on the real person, John Callahan, and his biographical story!
I hope it will be remade with a larger budget and a better-written script, more complete of who John really was! Perhaps, it ought to be a series! There was much more to this man from what I have read on the Internet!

Jan 21, 2019

Impressive acting. True story, slightly difficult to watch such tragedy but stuff happens. Holds your interest unlike many current movies.

Jan 14, 2019

Great acting. Interesting story. 5 stars.

Jan 01, 2019

Another excellent performance by Joaquin Phoenix. Didn't recognize Jonna Hill at all.

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Dec 06, 2018

Wonderful performance by Joachim Phoenix! It moves a little slowly, which is common with true stories. Watching it was a real lesson on the torments and trials endured by quadriplegics. What a sobering predicament, so very well-written and performed by all the actors in it. A real must-see!

Nov 26, 2018

"Poor me, leads to pour me, another drink". (excuses at an AA meeting)

Nov 11, 2018

Only a three quotes in IMDb. Here are some more to remember:
I'm still wearing my wedding ring, but... I'm... divorced now, and I'm... I'm much happier. Maybe life's actually not supposed to be... as meaningful
as we think it is.

The way with illegitimate Catholic babies in those days was to remove them from the mother of birth... and put them in the care of the nuns for six months in case the natural mother should change her mind.
I hear you're from, um, Oregon.
-That's right.
What do you guys do up there for fun?
-Well, there's not a lot to do in Oregon, you know? So a certain percentage of the population drives down here to Long Beach to look for jobs.
She was digging you, man.
- Yeah.
Yeah. Take you home, have a little sophisticated L.A. sex.
-No, all she wanted to do was talk about her colon.
That's what all people in L.A. talk about, their colons. And that's 'cause
they're all assholes.

Nov 11, 2018

Don't worry, boys. He won't get far on foot.
-It's a wheelchair. He can't get far because he's injured, right?
I signed up to be your attendant, not your slave. Bossing me around, you fxcking don't even give me five seconds before you're telling me what to do.
God, grant me the serenity... To accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
I'm Donnie, and I'm an alcoholic.
-Hi, Donnie.
Hi. And when I first entered the program, I had two pairs of pants, one with shit in them and one without. And I didn't care which one of them I was wearing. Today, I celebrate mediocrity. I woke up and I put on a non-shitty pair of pants. And I walked to get a cup of coffee, and it was fucking delicious. And my day's been pretty good, until I came in here and saw all of you.

Nov 11, 2018

My name is John Callahan. I was born in 1950 at the old Saint Vincent's Hospital. I know three things about my real mother: she was Irish-American, she had red hair, she was a school teacher. Mm-hmm. Oh, yeah. And she didn't want me.
One of the objectives of group is to provoke a new awareness to unwanted
or unnecessary emotional problems that we sit with. And left unprovoked, we sit alone with these problems, and they can fester into... drinking habits,
drug habits, gambling. Other bad habits.
-What are "other bad habits"?
I mean, it could be anything. It could be hoarding, bank robbing, suicide.
Were there any women in your operation?
-Yeah. The administrator, but we never saw her.
I'm curious why there's a lack of women in your stories. In your childhood, growing up, in your company. There must have been women in your command unit.
-Because women can't handle it over there!

Nov 11, 2018

All art has craft. All craft has art. But craft seeks full perfection. And art seeks full expression. That's why... the craftsman's job is every time always the same. Repeat every time. That's why we don't have two "Mona Lisa." And "Mona Lisa," by the way, one can say is a controlled accident.
We can't ask for help if we don't think there's anyone out there to give it. You have to grasp this concept. And that doesn't have to be fxcking Jesus Christ or Buddha or Vanna White.
-So, can I choose the genitalia of Raquel Welch?
I would advise against that, Callahan.
'Cause it's not a fxcking joke. If you can't look outside yourself and you can't find a higher power, you're fxcked.

Nov 11, 2018

You know, the day I stopped drinking... I felt a hand on my shoulder. But when I turned to look at it, there was... nothing there, but I didn't imagine it.
"Look at it, but you cannot see it. Because it is formless, you call it invisible. Listen to it, but you cannot hear it. Because it is soundless, you call it inaudible. Grasp it, but it is out of your reach. Because it is subtle,
you call it intangible."
-Uh, who's that? Is that Elton John?
I know that people have come by the editorial offices to register complaints
about me... Christians, queers, teachers, foreign nationals, janitors, lab rats
all find me offensive, which, uh, you know... It's a good... Is it a good thing?
One, that I'm powerless over alcohol and my life has become unmanageable. Two, I came to believe that a power greater than myself
can restore me to sanity. And three, I made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand it.

Nov 11, 2018

Hey... do you think the joke is better if I go with paramecium, dogfish, chimpanzee, Neanderthal, human? Or should it be... paramecium, trilobite,
raptor, lemur, Neanderthal, human?
-I don't know.
Let's put that in the Not Ready pile.
I can't walk.
-Why can't you walk?
Because I was in an accident.
'Cause the fxcking asshole, Dexter, fell asleep at the fxcking wheel.
-Why'd he do that?
'Cause he was fxcking drunk.
-Okay, and why were you in the car?
'Cause we were going to the next party. He was the one that was driving.
I don't know why I-I...
- Okay, but why...
I couldn't drive.
-Wait, Callahan, why did you get in the car with him if you knew he was drunk?
I don't know, 'cause I was a fxcking kid!

Nov 11, 2018

I was drunk since I was a fzcking kid. I was so embarrassing. I know, 'cause I didn't... I didn't feel loved, I didn't feel wanted, so I tried to cover up my feelings. And it worked.
I thought I'd fzcking drink my way out of those feelings. I became such a fzck up... that I won't ever forgive them. Oh, I mean that... I mean, they won't ever forgive me for all the... stupid shit I did.
-What'd you just say?
That they won't... forgive me for all the stupid shit I did.
-That they won't forgive you or you won't forgive them?
That they won't forgive me.
-You said that you won't forgive them.
Okay, well, wh-what would I have to forgive them f... forgive them for?
-For making you feel like a black sheep.
For not being your real parents, for having other children. Forgiving your birth mother for giving you up. Think about me! I won't forgive them.

Nov 11, 2018

Have you visited everyone you felt you wronged? Forgiven everyone you wanted to forgive?
You know, what I've been learning is... I fxcked my shxt up. And it started
long before I met you.
Two Klansmen talking: Don't you love it when they're still warm from the dryer?
Teenagers, you know, you go through these stages, so... I could see potential in you. That was the main thing.
This is the big moment. There's no lightning bolt that shoots you and cures all your shit. There are discoveries and epiphanies and moments of clarity.
But this doesn't just go away. You have to wrestle with this shit every day. Some of that pain will remain there forever. Some of that shame will remain there forever. But you have to fight with it, or you'll fxcking die.

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