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Hearts Beat Loud
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Hearts Beat Loud - Movie Synopsis & Plot

In this joy-inducing drama, Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation") plays Frank, a childish single widower coming to grips with his only daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemmons, SIFF 2015's Dope) prepping for UCLA's medical school. He dresses thirty years younger than he's supposed to and runs an ailing record store in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood. The only thing left connecting him to his daughter's world is their shared love of music and his dreams to start a father-daughter rock band. Most coming-of-age flicks pin the weight on their teenage protagonists, only this time it's dad's turn to grow up as Sam's career goals come into focus. As rent rises and younger crowds populate the sidewalks, the home Frank once knew seems on its way out after Sam. Writer/director Brett Haley continues his streak of critically acclaimed films after I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) and The Hero (2017) both screened at SIFF. Helped by Ted Danson, Toni Colette, and Blyth Danner populating a renowned cast, Offerman's ever-amiable teddy bear of a character endears audiences and elicits empathy for the wannabe rock star in everyone.

MOVIE REVIEW

Heartwarming, engaging and fueled by rich music, Hearts Beat Loud is a satisfyingly enjoyable drama starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons. Neither groundbreaking nor forgettable, the Brett Haley follow-up to The Hero manages to win you over with a wonderful script, great performances and a feel-good story.
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