Rent A Man Called Otto (2022)

3.8 of 5 from 357 ratings
2h 1min
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Synopsis:
A Man Called Otto tells the story of Otto Anderson (Tom Hanks), a grumpy widower who is very set in his ways. When a lively young family moves in next door, he meets his match in quick-witted and very pregnant Marisol (Mariana Treviño), leading to an unlikely friendship that will turn his world upside-down. Experience a funny, heartwarming story about how some families come from the most unexpected places.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Fredrik Wikström, Rita Wilson
Writers:
David Magee, Fredrik Backman, Hannes Holm
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Collections:
Getting to Know :Tom Hanks, Getting to Know..., Top 10 European Remakes, Top Films
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/04/2023
Run Time:
121 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 2.0, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Making of 'A Man Called Otto'
  • "Til You're Home" Music Video
  • In the Studio with Rita Wilson and Sebastian Yatra
  • Deleted Scene

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Reviews (6) of A Man Called Otto

Overlong, Overly sentimental, pc tickbox remake of a much-superior Swedish classic film from 2015 - A Man Called Otto review by PV

Spoiler Alert
20/05/2023

OK so this is not as bad at the AWFUL Tom Hanks remake of British 1950s classic The Ladykillers. But it is still pretty awful and unnecessary.

Watch the 2015 Swedish original A MAN CALLED OVE - I gave that 4/5 stars.

I give the inferior Hanks Hollywood remake 2/5 stars and 1 of them is for the cat.

Nice to see nepotism alive and well in Hollywood as Truman Hanks (a son no doubt) is cast as Otto's younger self.

The first half is passable BUT then the whole bloated overlong blubfest descends into a deep puddle of schmaltz and teary huggery, never to resurface.

The original has a middle-eastern refugee family moving in (Syrian/Iraqi or similar). This being the USA, the family moving in is Hispanic, or as we call it in the UK, 'white'.

And of course his best friend and his wife are African-American to tick that box. And then there is trans-representation in a young he/she/they/it character too, which is achingly on trend, and a massive plothole there and with Otto - why wait until act 3 to find the thing he could have used to start with (NO SPOILERS).

It could maybe win an award for WOKE? Esp with all the trigger warnings on the end credits.

Do yourself a favour and watch the Swedish original. This movie annoyed me and I was yawning and clock-watching and rolling my eyes on turbo by the end.

2 stars, 1 for the lovely cat.

3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Hanks does grumpy - A Man Called Otto review by giantrolo

Spoiler Alert
28/04/2023

This was a good film featuring Tom Hanks in a particularly grumpy role as Otto. Grumpy on the outside, but kind on the inside, we follow the events that unfold when a new neighbour moves in across the street from Otto. Sweet in some parts, and salty in others, it was definitely a heartwarming film in the end. We got a particular kick out of the fact that Tom Hanks' son in real life played his younger self in the film's flashbacks! Recommended.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Touching film, but not as good as the Swedish original - A Man Called Otto review by Francis Scott

Spoiler Alert
06/07/2023

Touching film, but not as good as the Swedish original. Shame that Hollywood (and US audiences with them) simply can’t take a film seriously if it’s subtitled or dubbed. Mariana Treviño is a revelation, and it’s interesting to see Truman Hanks in action. But don’t rely on this making for a lovely evening in.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

A Man Called Otto review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

In this American remake of the Swedish sleeper film, there's a mild necessity to return to this material. In the original story, the central character befriends, among other quirky neighbors, a gay young person. In this version, a young transgender person is befriended after being kicked to the curb. It shows that even grumpy old men can still have accepting hearts.

That grumpy old man is Otto, played with bitterness and sincerity by Tom Hanks. Having lost his wife to death and his job to a merger, Otto believes his life is over. He aims to commit suicide but finds it's not easy when he assumes too much control over his block. So when a Latino family moves in and needs everything from tools to driving lessons, death gets put on hold. Eventually, Otto learns that he should probably stick around to improve the lives of others the way his wife brought joy to his own.

Otto finds himself befriending a Mexican family who begs for help and repays him with food. Despite his reluctance, Otto is impressed by the pregnant mother’s many dishes, enough to fight off suicide for a minute if only to finish the meal and return the Tupperware. His old friend isn’t doing well, and the insurance company threatens to take him away if Otto doesn’t do something. Even random acts of unlikely kindness paint Otto as a hero, as when he saves a man who fell on the train tracks that he originally planned to kill himself on. Otto has the best (or worst from his perspective) luck in making the world a better place.

My problems with this version are similar to that of the original movie. It’s a picture that casually strolls between its small nuggets of bittersweet. There’s a friendship rekindled in Otto’s twilight years that is satisfyingly genuine. There’s a grander but standard plot of trying to save the neighborhood with the aid of an obnoxious social media journalist. There’s a goal for Otto to finally teach the Latino matriarch to drive a car, given his decades of experience in cars. In between these moments are tender yet tepid flashbacks to the happier times in his younger years.

There are a few minor changes and some big ones. One of the biggest switch-ups is that instead of the old man taking in a gay young man, Otto befriends a transgender young man. It’s one of the most modern touches to this tale, and it is passively pleasant to see Otto more or less advocate for trans rights, even if it’s as simple as him calling the boy’s transphobic parents stupid. Where the film succeeds best is how it charges forward with its melodrama that, after enough time, manages to work its magic. By the heartfelt climax, I have to admit the film got me with a tender smile.

A Man Called Otto doesn’t retool much of the original story but does manage to be a tad better for its genuine nature. It’s worth watching for Tom Hanks alone as he makes this grumpy old man with a heart of gold all the more lovable. He drives a film that feels like it could easily fly off the tracks with its off-beat nature and meandering sincerity. As a remake, it improves just enough to warrant a watch and slightly edges out the original.

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