Based on the best-selling Phillip Roth novel, The Humbling stars Al Pacino as Simon Axler, a washed up thesbian losing his grip on reality. After swan diving into the orchestral pit, Axler starts a romance with a young actress, Pegeen (Greta Gerwig) that seems to pull him out of depression. But perhaps this is just another part Axler is playing?
As much about the heights of youth as the vertigo of old age, Academy Award winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man) brings life into this sharp and witty script. While Pacino’s performance stands out as the charismatic but wounded hero, he is also supported by a great ensemble cast that includes Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin, and Kyra Sedgwick, as well as Greta Gerwig, who brings a youthful exuberance to Pegeen, Axler’s ex-lesbian new lover.
“Maybe the best thing Al Pacino has done has done this century.” – Lou Lumenick, New York Post.
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