Actors: Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, Rory Culkin, Joe Morton
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Night Listener|
| Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams) is a radio jockey who hosts the late night show at the public radio. He digs out stories from his own life to tell on his show and people like the reality to his problems. He plays a character who is gay and struggling with a crumblig relationship.
The movie portrays the difficulties in his life caused by many different aspects of it. He is feeling very helpless because the man he loves, Jess (Bobby Cannavale), is moving out and leaving him. At his age a break up is hard for him to deal with and he feels completely alone. Then his friend Ashe (Joe Morton) asks him to read a manuscript by Pete (Rory Culkin), who is a 14 year old boy who had been horribly abused by his parents. Noone is deeply touched by the story and starts to really care about Pete. The boy is sick with AIDS and is being looked after by Donna (Toni Collette). She is a social worker who adopted him when she found out about the abuse that he was being subjected to. Gabriel becomes very attached to Pete.
He talks to Pete and Donna almost every day and becomes much dependant on them for a sympathetic ear. Gabriel's accountant friend Anna (a lively Sandra Oh) doesn't think things are quite natural since Donna keeps Noone up to date with all of Pete's treatments and his life events. She says the same to Noone and he begins o become suspicious as well and starts to wonder if Pete and Donna are telling the truth or if Pete exists at all.
He flies out to Wisconsin in teeth shattering cold to see if he can find out the truth.
This movie has explicit references and some images depicting severe child molestation, abuse, pornography, there is strong language, alcohol drinking, and drug references therefore the movie has been rated R.
--zainab iqtidar, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
- present (2000-2010)
Taboo Sex Story?
Kind of sex:
- Two guys MAKING OUT (squish squish!)
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- (man) short/standard straight
- (man) average
Events of movie makes character more...
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard straight
How much in movie?
- general circumstances
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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