Welcome back, Poppers, to week two of our Monday Movie Reviews! With a workweek ahead, we want to give you something to look forward to this Monday night!
Grab yourself a coffee—something to snack on. And be sure to bring the tissues because we have an emotional one for today’s Monday Movie review.
Are you ready?
Let’s take a look!
Directed by Fisher Stevens, this 2021 Apple TV original made headway by subverting the southern drama. Palmer presents modern themes and issues through a riveting cast, starring Justin Timberlake alongside Ryder Allen, Juno Temple, Alisha Wainwright, and June Squibb.
What’s It About?
After being released from prison, ex-convict Eddie Palmer (Justin Timberlake) returns to his small hometown in hopes of putting his past behind him. While living with his grandmother (June Squibb), Palmer encounters the dysfunctional family renting the mobile home on their property after having a one-night stand with the abused, drug-addicted mother. This dysfunction leaves the mother’s non-binary child, Sam, alone and often seeking company with Palmer and his grandma.
As the film goes on, Palmer inherits the role of father-figure to Sam. While Sam isn’t legally Palmer’s child, it’s clear who Sam wants to live with. The hardened Palmer, set in his ways, begins to change and accept Sam for who they are. But living in a world that can be hostile to anyone different, Palmer does his best to protect Sam from the people in their world who don’t want to change.
What Makes It Great?
Palmer is a tear-jerker, so be prepared to cry. But its main strength is its ability to address current issues. Palmer does this exceptionally well by exposing the bullies and torments someone like Sam experiences daily, just trying to be themself. Palmer is about acceptance with no exceptions. Timberlake put it best in his tweet:
Attached above is the trailer for Palmer. Don’t take our word for it. See it for yourself! We don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
But be prepared. Palmer explores subject matter that some viewers might find upsetting: abuse, drug addiction, violence, bullying, and transphobia. Also, for anyone watching with children, there is a fairly explicit sex scene in which Justin Timberlake’s bare a** takes the center camera as well as a nude Juno Temple.
We give Palmer 8 🍯 ‘s out of 10!
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