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Shot In The Dark

A personal musing on the need for fathers on both an individual and societal scale, this modified home movie meanders off into so many different directions it never develops a clear focus. Like a literary first draft, the idea shows promise -- Grenier is definitely on to something -- though structural work is in order before pic will is suited for distribution.

Young actor Adrien Grenier (seen most recently in James Toback’s “Harvard Man”) has turned his own real-life quest to become reacquainted with his estranged father into a rambling, often shapeless — but just as often touching and illuminating — feature-length docu. A personal musing on the need for fathers on both an individual and societal scale, this modified home movie meanders off into so many different directions it never develops a clear focus. But like a literary first draft, the idea shows promise — Grenier is definitely on to something — though structural work is in order before pic will be suited for any kind of distribution.

Grenier begins with a simple impetus that morphs, helter-skelter, into a larger questioning of cultural perceptions of paternal characteristics and responsibilities. What makes a father? Can a mother successfully fill in? After Grenier tracks down his own father, pic evolves into a critical treatise on the residual effects of the free-spirited lifestyles embodied by both of Grenier’s parents. It’s never less than interesting, but always less than well-organized.

Shot In The Dark

  • Production: A Reckless Abandoned production. Produced by Adrian Grenier, Jonathan L. Davidson, Jim Mol. Directed by Adrian Grenier.
  • Crew: Camera, Ari Gold, Mikey Jackson, Eric Lee; editor, Jim Mol. Reviewed at Tribeca Film Festival -- Intl. Showcase, May 10, 2002. Running time: 87 MIN.
  • With: <B> With: </B>Adrian Grenier, Jonathan L. Davidson, Karesse Grenier, John Dunbar, Esther Dunbar, Carl Dunbar, Debbie Dunbar, Bob Sterling, Rich Ferrante, Evan Ferrante, Carrie Emberman.
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