God's Pocket Movie Review
The late Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in God's Pocket, a harmless little drama that neither offends nor impresses. The movie also stars Christina Hendricks, John Turturro and Richard Jenkins.
In God's Pocket, Hoffman plays the stepfather to a young man who is "accidentally" killed on a construction site. Since the kid was a Level-A asshole, few people care except the boy's mother (Hendricks), who questions the cause of death.
Directed by John Slattery ("Mad Men"), God's Pocket features a stellar cast stuck with what can best be described as a forgettable story. Set in a small, working class neighborhood (called God's Pocket), the movie looks and feels like countless other movies set in small, working class neighborhoods, where rough-and-tumble guys mix with other slightly less rough-and-tumble guys. The story is less important than the characters, and the characters are only mildly interesting.
The performances throughout are good, but given the scope of the production, none of the actors are given a whole lot to work with. That's not to say the movie is without any merit; there just isn't a whole lot that stands out.
I would say God's Pocket will be quickly forgotten, but that assumes people will pay attention in the first place. Despite starring Hoffman in his first post-death role, God's Pocket doesn't offer a lot of reasons to see it, let alone remember it.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.