Dark Horse

Synopsis: Abe Wertheimer - an odious, purposeless, self-centered 35-year-old living parasitically with his parents (by choice) and working in his dismayed father's business office (avoiding work while scoping eBay for collectible toys) - meets Miranda, an equally pathetic but self-loathing social dropout who, having given up on life, masochistically accepts Abe's sudden proposal of marriage for a knowingly grim future she won't fight against. Along with projecting his own faults onto his father, his own jealousy for lack of success and accomplishment onto his younger brother, and wallowing in the blind support of his mother, it's just another aspect of Abe's unsatisfying life that he just can't see to improve. A long-overdue decision finally spins his insignificant life out of control.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Todd Solondz
Production: Vitagraph Films
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

bathroom, okay?

No, no, no, no, no.

I'm winning.

It's not a forfeit.

I'll be right back.

[Phone rings]


Hello. Is this Miranda?

Who is this?

It's Abe. How you doing?


From the wedding.

Oh, yeah.

How's it going?


That's great.

How's it going with you?

[Instant messaging

chimes heard over phone]

Okay. Can you

hold a sec?



listen, sorry,

but I have to go.

Oh, uh, no problem. Would you

like to get together on Saturday.

Okay, bye.

I'll come by at 3:00.

Now is the time

to stand up and say,

to go my own way

to do my thing

now is the time

to reach for the sky

now is the time, now is ...

[car alarm chirps]

Hi, I'm Abe.

- Is Miranda around?

- No.

Was she expecting you?

Um, yeah. Uh, you know...

I probably got

the times mixed up.

I'm so sorry.

Do you know when she'll be back?

Uh, no. Not really,

I'm afraid.

That's okay.

Uh, I'll just wait in the car

if that's okay. Thanks.

[Car alarm chirps]



Marie, what are you doing here?

Couldn't help myself.

I know how hard it is

for you to get things done,

and I didn't wanna see you get

in trouble with your dad.

Oh, Marie, really.

You didn't have to.

One thing, though.

Give up on the girl.

But, how did you know?

Please, Abe.

I wasn't born yesterday.

Forget about here.

She's too good for you.

You haven't got a shot.

[Door slamming]


It's me, Abe.

What are you doing here?

We were supposed to, uh...

Oh, right. I'm sorry.

That's okay.

I got some reading done.

But, hey, uh,

I brought you some flowers.


Well, come inside, if you want.


Mom? Dad?

[Woman] Hi.

I have a visitor.


Abe Wertheimer.

So, can I get you something

to drink? Juice? Soda?

Uh, I will have

a diet coke if you have.

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Todd Solondz

Todd Solondz (born October 15, 1959) is an American independent film screenwriter and director known for his style of dark, thought-provoking, socially conscious satire. Solondz has been critically acclaimed for his examination of the "dark underbelly of middle class American suburbia," a reflection of his own background in New Jersey.[1] His work includes Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), Happiness (1998), Storytelling (2001), Palindromes (2004), Life During Wartime (2009), and Dark Horse (2012). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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