Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

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  • Genre(s): Comedy Drama
  • Release year: 2012
  • Running time: 96 min
SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU is a heart warming, funny and passionate portrait of a confused New York teenager, James Sveck, played by up-and-coming star Toby Regbo, and his loving, eccentric and dysfunctional family. James's staunch... read more

SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU is a heart warming, funny and passionate portrait of a confused New York teenager, James Sveck, played by up-and-coming star Toby Regbo, and his loving, eccentric and dysfunctional family. James's staunch non-conformism leads him to teenage mistakes that are hard to undo. He refuses to go to college, after being accepted at Brown, and is interested in nothing - barring visits to his enigmatic, free-spirited grandmother Nanette, played by Oscar®-winner Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Requiem for a Dream), the only one who seems to understand just how lost a restless 17-year-old can feel while trying to find himself in a confusing world. Adding to his teenage angst, James' family is a mess. His mother Marjorie, played with soulful grace and humour by Oscar®-winner Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock, Mystic River), owns a gallery where she exhibits extreme avant-garde art that just won’t sell, including a farcical collection of smoking trash cans. She has just dumped her third husband, a compulsive gambler named Barry, played by Stephen Lang (Avatar, Terra Nova), during their honeymoon in Vegas. James’ vain father Paul, played in a hilarious performance by Peter Gallagher, (American Beauty, Sex Lies and Videotape, Covert Affairs), dates women half his age and dabbles in plastic surgery during a flamboyant mid-life crisis. And, by contrast, James’ sister Gillian (Deborah Ann Woll, True Blood) dates her aging semiotics professor, and is hopelessly unable to fall in love with any man who is not at least twice her age. As his future becomes evermore murky, our irreverent antihero is forced (by parental guilt-trip and ultimatum) into therapy with a life coach, played by Lucy Liu (Elementary, Charlie's Angels), whose methods are refreshingly unconventional. After his initial trepidation gives way to curiosity, James embarks on a life-changing journey and his budding empathy, innate wisdom and prodigious intelligence begin to ripen with each passing day.

Original Release

02/24/2012

US Release

10/05/2012

Cast

Marcia Gay Harden Marjorie Dunfour / Marjorie
Lucy Liu Rowena / Rowena Adler
Stephen Lang Barry Rogers
Peter Gallagher Paul Sveck / Paul
Ellen Burstyn Nanette
Toby Regbo James Sveck / James
Deborah Ann Woll Gillian Sveck / Gillian
Aubrey Plaza Jeanine Breemer
Jonny Weston Thom
Siobhan Fallon Hogan Mrs. Breemer / Mrs. Beemer
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Roberto Faenza

Writers

Roberto Faenza, Dahlia Heyman, Peter Cameron

Cast

Marcia Gay Harden Marjorie Dunfour / Marjorie
Lucy Liu Rowena / Rowena Adler
Stephen Lang Barry Rogers
Peter Gallagher Paul Sveck / Paul
Ellen Burstyn Nanette
Toby Regbo James Sveck / James
Deborah Ann Woll Gillian Sveck / Gillian
Aubrey Plaza Jeanine Breemer
Jonny Weston Thom
Siobhan Fallon Hogan Mrs. Breemer / Mrs. Beemer
Dree Hemingway Rhonda
Gilbert Owuor John Webster / John
Olek Krupa Henryk Maria
Kyle Coffman Dakin
Kate Kiley Mrs.Wrght / Mrs. Wright
Rekha Luther Olivia
Greg McFadden Robert / Waiter
Rhonda Jensen Sarah
Brooke Schlosser Sue Kenney
Christopher Mann Guard

Producers

Simona Bellettini Executive Producer
Rose Ganguzza Executive Producer
Dahlia Heyman Executive Producer
Avy Kaufman Executive Producer
David Morris Kelly Executive Producer
Allen Bain Producer
Milena Canonero Producer
Elda Ferri Producer
Megin T. Boyles Producer
Brittany Dankner Producer
Sean Garrett Fogel Producer
Heidi Keller Producer
Christian Plume Producer
Jackie Schwartz Producer
Jesse Scolaro Producer
Adriano Wajskol Producer
Jessica Weinerman Producer
Ron Stein Producer

Editors

Massimo Fiocchi

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