Hearts Beat Loud
Directed by: Brett Haley
USA, 2018, 97m
Talent in attendance on April 9th
With Hearts Beat Loud, filmmaker Brett Haley has done it again: taking a supporting actor from a previous film and providing them with a starring role where they deliver their best performance to date. Haley brought back Sam Elliott for The Hero after I’ll See You in My Dreams, and now a never-better Nick Offerman from The Hero is perfectly presented in this heartfelt and funny new comedy. Offerman stars as failing Brooklyn record store owner Frank Fisher. His daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) is getting ready to leave for UCLA on a pre-med track. Hoping to stay connected with her through their shared love of music, he urges Sam to turn their weekly jam sessions into an actual band. When their first song unexpectedly becomes a minor Spotify hit, Sam has other things on her mind besides potential stardom, such as leaving her girlfriend Rose (Sasha Lane) behind when she goes cross-country. A stellar supporting cast—including Toni Collette as Frank’s landlord, Blythe Danner as his mother, and Ted Danson as his bartender best friend (!)—only enhance this endearing father-daughter musical-comedy about emotional support and artistic joy that was Closing Night Film of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.