A Man Called Otto

Otto is a grump who's given up on life following the loss of his wife and wants to end it all. When a young family moves in nearby, he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol, leading to a friendship that will turn his world around.

Directed by: Marc Forster
Genres: Comedy, Drama,
Production Company: Columbia Pictures, Playtone, SF Studios, Stage 6 Films, 2DUX², Artistic Films,

A Man Called Otto - Fall in love with the grumpiest man in America. - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 28-12-2022
  • Runtime: 126 Minutes
  • Popularity: 239.22
  • Vote Count: 78
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4
  • Budget: USD 50,000,000
  • Revenue: USD 70,000,000
  • Region: Sweden ( SE ), United States of America ( US ),
  • Homepage: https://www.amancalledotto.movie

Photo Name Character
Tom Hanks - Azwaad Movie Database Tom Hanks Otto Anderson
Mariana Treviño - Azwaad Movie Database Mariana Treviño Marisol
Rachel Keller - Azwaad Movie Database Rachel Keller Sonya
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo - Azwaad Movie Database Manuel Garcia-Rulfo Tommy
Cameron Britton - Azwaad Movie Database Cameron Britton Jimmy
Kailey Hyman - Azwaad Movie Database Kailey Hyman Barb
Mike Birbiglia - Azwaad Movie Database Mike Birbiglia Real Estate Agent
Elle Chapman - Azwaad Movie Database Elle Chapman Sarah
Joe Fishel - Azwaad Movie Database Joe Fishel Army Doctor
Truman Hanks - Azwaad Movie Database Truman Hanks Young Otto Anderson
Photo Name Department
Thomas Newman-Sound Thomas Newman Sound (Music)
Tom Hanks-Production Tom Hanks Production (Producer)
Celia D. Costas-Production Celia D. Costas Production (Executive Producer)
Barbara Ling-Art Barbara Ling Art (Production Design)
Rita Wilson-Production Rita Wilson Production (Producer)
Marc Forster-Directing Marc Forster Directing (Director)
Marc Forster-Production Marc Forster Production (Executive Producer)
David Magee-Writing David Magee Writing (Screenplay)
David Magee-Production David Magee Production (Executive Producer)
Matt Chesse-Editing Matt Chesse Editing (Editor)

See Full Cast & Crew of A Man Called Otto


Fans of the BBC sitcom "One Foot in the Grave" might recognise something of the "Victor Meldrew" in Tom Hanks' portrayal of the eponymous curmudgeon. Formerly head of the community association, he takes it upon himself each morning to do his "rounds" - checking the gates are closed, the permits are displayed, the recycling is correct - all pretty anal, really. A combination of circumstances are about to rock his rather pedestrian world, though. He is laid off after thirty-odd years at work, a deed which renders him pretty rudderless; and he gets new neighbours - "Marisol" (Mariana Treviño), husband "Tommy" (Manuel Garcia-Ruffo) and their two daughters. Now their arrival causes him no end of irritation (and, if truth be told - for me too!). The family are pretty hapless and soon "Otto" finds himself helping them out and gradually, her forceful and annoying character starts to morph into something more accommodating and he begins to feel just a tad useful. Now it ought to be said that most of this story evolves against a backdrop of attempts by the older man to kill himself. There is humour to be had here, as well a rather nuanced message illustrating the effects of loneliness and a general resignation that the fruitful section of his life is finished. Gradually using "Marisol" and a few other neighbours as conduits, we learn of the tragedies that have led him to his current predicament, and to a position where there might just be a new light at the end of his tunnel. From a character perspective, I preferred the "Otto" at the start of the film. A rather bitter and amusingly sarcastic figure, but as the plot develops we lose that sharpness, the story becomes a little too cluttered and I found the initial poignancy falls away as a rather sentimental degree of melodrama edges into it all. Still, Hanks offers a strong performance and after her distinctly annoying start I found myself increasingly engaged with the whole family across the road who might just offer "Otto" some validation and/or salvation. It's also a remarkable understatedly inclusive film. This community has all sorts of colours, shapes and sizes - and "Otto" for all his faults, has no truck with discrimination. This inclusiveness is delivered to us quietly as if it is all no big deal. A more productive and subtle method than many offering the screamingly obvious box-ticking characterisations. This is a good film, not a great one, and I am not sure it needs to be seen in a cinema - but I would certainly suggest you do get round to watching it.

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