The Late Bloomer (2016)


“I think the biggest change we go through is discovering the difference between acting like a man and being a man.” – James Newmans

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A psychologist and author of self help books has his world turned upside down when he finds out that he has a tumor that, once removed, will cause him to finally experience puberty.

My Take on it – Really fun concept that works so well throughout.

The way that the film depicts puberty in an adult is used for laughs over and over throughout.

Love the camaraderie between him and his friends as they all try to find ways to help him come to terms with the various physical and biological changes that he experiences here.

The story does take things a bit too far in certain circumstances, yet still doesn’t lose its focus throughout.

Johnny Simmons does a wonderful job in the lead role, but he is easily outshone by some of his supporting cast including Maria Bello, JK Simmons and Kumail Nanjiani who all re so much fun to watch here.

In addition, Brittany Snow is great as the potential love interest for the main character.

The film doesn’t shy away from keeping this realistic and allows some of the discussions and depictions in the story to take an direct look at these situations and translate them from how a teen would react to how an adult would under the same circumstances.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bruce Willis was originally cast to play the Father (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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