The Soloist

The Soloist

DVD - 2009
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In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist and recent bike accident victim Steve Lopez more than his banged-up face, was his pressing need for story ideas. He soon discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a skid row schizophrenic street musician, who possesses extraordinary talent - even though he only has half-broken instruments to play. Inspired by Nathaniel's story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about him and attempts to do more to help both him, and the rest of the underclass of L.A. have a better life. Lopez's good intentions run headlong into Nathaniel's personal demons and the larger issues of social injustice facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Nathaniel find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations.

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BASLM
Mar 22, 2020

Do watch the special features which introduce you to Nathaniel Ayers and the fact that real homeless people were used in the film.

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MDessein
Jan 05, 2020

Well done. Well-acted, well-written, sometimes difficult to watch. I recommend it.

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Palomino
Sep 04, 2019

Hardly worth the price of overdue fine, the credits are better than the movie (thanks, Beethoven!). Everyone did their part, it's just the story is meandering and slow.

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mommillerof3
Mar 01, 2019

This is now one of my favorite movies. It just shows you never know what has happened in someone's life to get them where they currently are. We all judge just what we see the first time we see someone.

Quite good. Touching and sympathetically done with fine performances.

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P58Jackson
Apr 21, 2018

This movie is well done, well portrayed and paramount in an important message. Heartfelt.

DCPL_Christine Mar 09, 2017

I agree with all the comments, it truly is worth the time to let this soak in. Be sure to watch the extras at the end of the film, you will be impressed.

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poolman
Jan 13, 2017

Slick but heartfelt, quirky, beautifully photographed. Downey is his usual earnest self but Foxx is just plain brilliant and really 'nails' a portrayal of mental illness. The others also bring realism to the sad situation of people close to the ill person and their frustration as they are "just trying to help." The fact that it's a biopic makes it all the more engaging.

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ermadick
Mar 05, 2013

Well written and superb performances by Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. Based on a true story centered on the life of an adult, homeless, talented street musician in Los Angeles. A reminder to us all about the incredible number of homeless in every city in the United States, their many unmet needs and the power of a friend. Would recommend.

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neonkc
Sep 04, 2012

very good

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coryegan
Feb 18, 2013

I've never loved anything the way he loves music.

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coryegan
Feb 18, 2013

I don't give a smooth fart whether we go or not.

i lost this movie how much does it cost to pay the full price?

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nadian May 13, 2010

Coarse Language: Brief.

nadian May 13, 2010

Violence: Some minor violence on screen and implied harsh violence off screen. Some drug use and mature subject matter.

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