Watch: The Confirmation 2016 123movies, Full Movie Online – Eight year old Anthony is somewhat uneasy about spending the weekend with his alcoholic, down-on-his-luck carpenter dad Walt while his mom Bonnie and her new husband Kyle go to a Catholic retreat together. Walt is just as uneasy about spending time with Anthony, especially since their first day together is a series of characteristically unfortunate events, including his truck breaking down, his landlord locking him out of the house, and the theft of his toolbox, which he needs for an upcoming job. As Walt and Anthony set about finding the guy who stole the tools and improvise around their other misfortunes, they begin to discover a true connection with each other, causing Walt to become a better father and Anthony to reveal the promise and potential of the good man he will become..
Plot: A divorced father reconnects with his son when they track down a stolen toolbox over the course of a weekend.
Smart Tags: #pickup_truck #bar #engine_trouble #confessional #ex_husband_ex_wife_relationship #father_son_relationship #pawnshop #theft #backyard #killing_an_insect #father_son_hug #recovering_alcoholic #second_marriage #eviction_notice #money_problems #toolbox #boy_with_a_gun #confession_booth #priest #weekend #mother_son_relationship
|6.4/10 Votes: 6,939
|91% | RottenTomatoes
|65/100 | MetaCritic
|N/A Votes: 158 Popularity: 5.874 | TMDB
Father and Son relationship at its best
It’s no accident that about a third of the way through the movie, Clive Owen and Jaeden Lieberher, as father and son in The Confirmation are watching an old episode of The Rifleman – the quintessential TV western that was more about a father relating to his son in difficult and dire situations than it was about his gun.
Clive Owen plays a divorced, alcoholic father who sees his son Jaeden Lieberher on weekends. One particular weekend, the father has his woodworking tools stolen. These are specialized carpentry tools that are irreplaceable. The son accompanies his dad on a series of misadventures in an attempt to recover the lost tools, which he must have for an upcoming job that he desperately needs.
While a comparison can be made to the classic The Bicycle Thief, this movie stands on its own merits as an endearing case study of a boy’s love for his father, willing to do whatever it takes to keep him on the straight and narrow path, and enabling both parent and child to rise to the occasion and succeed.
This is a wonderful role for Owen and it is beautifully played. While Lieberher’s character may seem a bit more precocious than would be expected of such a young boy, it does not come off as unbelievable.
This is a movie the whole family can enjoy, all the more so because of its timeless themes of suffering and redemption, and not portraying fathers as the likely losers you so often see in Hollywood these days.
Lack of Tension is Seductive
The film makers chose not to feature the intense desperation of the Italian film The Bicycle Thief, used zero profanity, and a deadpan kid. Those may actually be reasons why some would dislike this film, but I found it all oddly seductive.
Like another reviewer mentioned, nobody was vicious or truly mean here. Almost everyone, despite their poverty, had soul. Imagine a world where even in a gray desperate setting, people restrain themselves from the savagery that such places evoke in the real world.
Some may ask why you need to cast a British guy in a film set in Washington and filmed in Canada. But I found Owen endearing and the dialogue he was given sublime. Someone decided that his face and demeanor fit the character, and I believe they did. Good call.
Most of the “stars” are not really stars, and I appreciated seeing them get some work. Robert Forster is perfect for these roles, and Maria Bello totally looked the part.
I don’t know why they needed to make the boy be eight years old. The actor was way older than that. Clearly an eight year old would not be able to think or act as this one did. They should have made him 10, although the actor was 12. The unbelievable age thing was an awkward glitch for me.
I’m glad they didn’t use a soundtrack. The silence helped illustrate the depressed nature of the town. I’ve been to a depressed town in Washington. It’s real.
For whatever reasons, these film makers made the choice to present this story in a sort of Jim Jarmusch existentially absurd way. I liked that approach and did not judge it by other potential ways of doing it. I accepted it for what it was.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min)
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Director Bob Nelson
Writer Bob Nelson
Actors Clive Owen, Maria Bello, Jaeden Martell
Awards 4 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP)