Answers to Nothing
Taglines: Redemption comes in pieces.
Intertwining stories exploring the bad in the best of us and the good in the worst of us. Against the backdrop of a child abduction case we follow five days in the life of a woman whose determination to get pregnant keeps her from confronting her husband’s infidelity, her best friend a single parent detective assigned to the case of the child abduction, a school teacher and his obsession with the missing child that pushes him to the edge of vigilantism, a beat cop grieving over the violent death of his wife, a recovering addict and her wheel chair bound brother preparing for the LA marathon, and a self-loathing African American TV writer’s search for love.
Answers to Nothing is a drama mystery film written and directed by Matthew Leutwyler. The film stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Dane Cook, Julie Benz, and Barbara Hershey. Answers to Nothing was released in theaters by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions on December 2, 2011.
About the Story
Against the backdrop of a child abduction case the film follows five days in the life of a variety of people living in Los Angeles. Kate (Mitchell) is a lawyer arguing in a custody battle on behalf of Drew (Bailey) who cares for her completely disabled brother. He was an accomplished marathoner. After celebrating his top 30% finish in the San Francisco marathon, the two had drinks to celebrate, and an accident in the car ride home caused the brother’s disability.
Her parents want their son put in a home, but Drew’s overwhelming guilt compels her to tend to her brother. She is training to run a marathon while pushing her brother in a wheelchair. After losing custody of her brother, she loses heart and drinks some whiskey the night before the race. During the race, memories of the accident overwhelm her, and she crashes her brother’s wheelchair into a curb. Her fall dislocates her shoulder, but she decides to finish the race regardless of the fact that all the other runners have gone home.
Kate is struggling to conceive with her husband Ryan (Cook), who is a psychologist. Ryan is having an affair with a singer named Tara (Volkman). At the same time, he struggles to convince his mother (Hershey) that his father is never returning from France, after nine years away. Ryan grows increasingly conflicted over his affair, and on Tara’s birthday, he is unable to climax with her. At a fertility clinic, Kate sees a romantic text message from Tara on Ryan’s phone right before she goes under anesthesia. Ryan struggles to produce a sperm sample in the clinic, and he has to call Tara to climax.
Finally, when Tara is playing Club Tatou in Westlake, Ryan sits in the parking lot, unsure of what to do. He drives home and calls his father in France. His father refuses to tell his mother the truth, which convinces Ryan of what to do. He goes inside to comfort Kate, who has found out that the IV treatment did not work, but she is relieved that Ryan has come home to her.
Answers to Nothing
Directed by: Matthew Leutwyler
Starring: Dane Cook, Elizabeth Mitchell, Julie Benz, Barbara Hershey, Zach Gilford, Kali Hawk, Caitlin Gerard, Gillian Vigman
Screenplay by: Matthew Leutwyler, Gillian Vigman, Sonya Eddy
Production Design by: Joe Lemmon
Cinematography by: David Robert Jones
Film Editing by: Matthew Leutwyler
Costume Design by: Keri Smith
Set Decoration by: Jennifer Lemmon
Music by: Craig Richey
MPAA Rating: R for some strong sexual content, nudity, violence and language.
Studio: Lionsgate Films, Roadside Attractions
Release Date: December 2, 2011