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Genre Drama
Running Time 87 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Sep 5, 2012
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For Ellen

Aspiring rock star Joby Taylor has wanted nothing more than to "make it", having flirted with fame but never crossed over into true success. In the midst of a low period in his life, he agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife in order to see money from the sale of their home, only to discover that by signing the papers, he will forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen. With a good-natured lawyer unable to make headway in reversing the decision, and a girlfriend that… Show more

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September 20, 2012 - Boston.com - By Ty Burr, Globe Staff

Existential road dramas about burned-out rock stars are practically an official movie genre by now. Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” kicked off the most recent run, and “This Must Be the Place,” in which Sean Penn plays a goth rocker with Cure frontman Robert Smith’s hair and makeup, comes out in November. Landing in the middle, and fresh off the festival circuit, is “For Ellen,” the first English-language film from South Korean-born director So Yong Kim. Like its predecessors, it has a sense of drift that both vexes and beguiles.

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