Drama Thriller - This is a slow, unsatisfying thriller that will leave audiences more
bored and confused than scared or thrilled. Fans of Naomi Watts will
be disappointed by the small size of her role.
PROFANITY: 12 F-words, 4 S-words, 2 GD's, a couple of others. SEX/NUDITY: Some sexy dancing by scantily clad women. VIOLENCE: A big dog attack; a shooting; bleeding wounds. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: None.
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Roger EbertFull Review Very Good When the movie is over, and we know all that is to be known, it deserves some thought...It is an illustration of the way the materials of life can be shaped for the purposes of the moment.
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We collected 57 moviegoer opinions. VERY MIXED OPINIONS! Unfortunately, opinions this mixed make it impossible to help you determine your probability of enjoying "Stay." What I can see is that approximately one-half to one-third enjoyed this movie and, most importantly, most of the remaining moviegoers rated it "Good" to "Fair," which is somewhat low but not terrible. If you aren't sure you want to see "Stay," you might consider a matinee or maybe see it at a second run theater to lessen your chances of being disappointed.
The story of dedicated New York psychiatrist Sam Foster (EWAN McGREGOR) and his urgent attempt to stop a secretive and unusual young patient he inherited, Henry Lethem (RYAN GOSLING), from carrying out a planned suicide on the eve of his 21st birthday. But behind the primary tale of STAY lies a far more unsettling and surreal mystery: that of the reality-shattering effect that investigating Henry starts to have on Sam. As Sam is drawn deeper into the web of Henry's life -- and then into the labyrinth of his subconscious -- at first it simply puts stress on Sam's relationship with his artist girlfriend and former patient Lila (NAOMI WATTS). But soon Sam's own tightly-held grip on the rational world begins to melt away. Faced with increasingly surreal encounters and a Manhattan transformed into a wildly shifting dreamscape, Sam can no longer figure out what is true and what is happening only in his head, nor where he begins and Henry ends.
So just who is Henry Lethem and why is he fracturing Sam's reality so profoundly?
As clues and suspense simultaneously build to the story's climax on the Brooklyn Bridge, both Sam -- and the audience – must grapple with thought-provoking questions about perception, awareness, forgiveness and final moments of redemption. For it soon becomes clear that what is happening to Sam and Henry is taking place not in this world but in the twilight state between living and dying . . . a place where no one can stay for long.