Synopsis: ASHBY is a coming of age/approaching death comedy drama. A seventeen-year-old kid (Ed) trying to understand who he wants to be in the world, befriends a terminally ill ex-CIA contract killer (Ashby) who is trying to make peace with his life and God before he goes. 'Making peace' might just entail killing three old bosses who have tricked him into breaching his strange moral code.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Tony McNamara
Production: The Film Arcade
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min


I look at all of you and I think,

"What is this generation?"

A bunch of Ritalin addicted porn freaks

who are probably sociopaths.

- Yeah!

- Yeah!

New boy.

- I'm Ed.

- Hemingway.

Which of his works did you devour?

Please, don't say The Help.

Well... I read, actually,

I have The Old Man and the Sea,

just randomly.

Death in the Afternoon,

The Sun Also Rises most of the others.

I like those books.

Hey, gay book club.

Don't add homophobe to idiot, Valchek,


People already don't like you.

Ed, what themes are

important to Hemingway?

Proving you're a man

by trying to get killed.

You don't say?

A bull, a big fish,

a woman, war,

drinking and driving.

I mean, just crazy stuff, quite frankly.

All to prove that he's a...

He's a man, because his mom

made him wear dresses.

Welcome. Mr. Ed.


Good morning Varga Prep,

Virginia's finest.

It is August 20th and I am Chase

and these are

your morning announcements.

Football trials will be this Thursday

at 4:
00 PM on the football field.

Please, bring your

signed permission slips

and personal injury insurance forms.

Be part of the myth.

All of his teeth were stuck in my fist.

Did you just arrive here

from a parallel universe?


I come from Oregon.

Nice to meet ya.

And, when you're in the chamber

and the scan starts,

don't be frightened.

And, we'll have you out in a jiffy.

Have I died and become a baby?

How long?

This is the hardest part of my job.

Do you need a hug?

I'm just saying, I just...

Are you really gonna make this moment

about you?

And your feelings?

You big baby.

Three months.

I'm sorry.

You're sorry?


No, you're not.

You're just embarrassed.


Sh*t! F***!

My, Gosh! Found it.

I found it.

Hi, Ed.

This is Jerry. We...

We work together at work.

Nice to meet ya, Ed.

You too, Jerry.

Hey, neighbor.

You notice anything?

- No.

- Remember I used to make you

alphabet meals?

Yeah, that was sweet.

Braised beans with bacon,

beef brochettes,



Bo J, Borange juice.

We have to make friends.

Yeah, yeah.


The guy seemed cool.

The guy...

Just for a second...


I love you, Mom.

So, to your assignment.

It is to put down your Candy Crush

and your commitment to narcissism,

and go talk,

converse, engage in a dialog

with an old person.

To gain wisdom from the past,

and in your case,

acknowledge that the past existed.

This whole school is about the past.

Only when it comes to football, McCall.

Sabres, Sabres, Sabres.

Thank you gentleman,

you're needed back at Nuremberg.

Okay, so this conversation

will then become an illuminating essay

of two thousand words.

Get to it.

So, I have got perfect nickels,

I've never done these before, okay?

At $29.95,

basically the cost of certification.

And I'm gonna

give you the opportunity...


Afternoon sir. I'm Ed,

just moved next door.

I have a school assignment

where we have to get the stories

and wisdom of an old person.

Well, I can't help you, buddy. I...

I don't know any old people.

Okay, unforeseen

semantic difficulty.

Hey, kid.

- How old are you?

- 17.

You drive?

So, sir.

Ashby. Call me Ashby.


So, let's start with the basics.

How old are you?

Let's just say...

I can't remember the last morning

I woke up with a piss-hard boner.


I wasn't... You know...


I can still get the wood.


What... What did you do for a living?

Sold napkins.

- Napkins?

- Napkins, coasters,

I did straws for a while

but it just wasn't my thing.

Sounds interesting.

Loved it.

Stop here.

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Tony McNamara

Tony McNamara (3 October 1929 – 30 May 2015) was an English footballer who played as a winger. He would become the first football player to play in all four divisions in England within the space of 12 months, as he played for Crewe Alexandra and then Bury. more…

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