C'mon C'mon

Directed by Mike Mills
U.S | 2021 | Narrative
108 minutes | English

Radio journalist Johnny (Oscar® winner Joaquin Phoenix) and his young nephew forge a tenuous but transformational relationship when they are unexpectedly thrown together on a cross-country road trip in this delicate and deeply moving story about the connections between adults and children, the past and the future, from writer/director Mike Mills. Calling the film “a small, soft-spoken yet casually profound family drama,” Variety writes: “‘C’mon C’mon’ comes on the heels of a pair of intensely personal yet easily relatable films Mills wrote and directed about his relationship to his mother (embodied by Annette Bening in ‘20th Century Women’) and father (Christopher Plummer in ‘Beginners’). This one also deals with parenthood, albeit from the other side of the equation: The protagonist here is Phoenix’s character Johnny, who agrees to help his sister Viv (Gaby Hoffmann) by taking care of her 9-year-old son, Jesse (Woody Norman, so natural, it never feels like acting). It’s a transformative experience for both of them, but not in that pat, inspirational way you might get in a Judd Apatow or James L. Brooks movie.”