James White

Synopsis: James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a self-destructive, hedonistic lifestyle, but as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) battles a serious illness James is forced to take control of his life. As the pressure on him mounts, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Josh Mond
Production: The Film Arcade
  9 wins & 30 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

[electronic music]

[hip hop music]

[ Ray Charle's singing "Don't Let

the Sun Catch on you Crying "]

[Ray Charles faintly heard

amid hip hop music]



["Don't Let the Sun Catch

You Crying" by Ray Charles]

don't let the sun

catch you crying

Crying at my front door

[amid hip hop music]

Yeah, yeah, no.

This guy doesn't know, so I just

got to go over it with him.

[chatting under music]

[hip hop music continues]

[Ray Charles singing faintly]

[street noises]

(taxi driver) Hey, good morning, boss.

Hey, man.


87th between West and Riverside.

You got it.

[exhales deeply]

That was quick.

There you go.

Have a good one.


[elevator door closes]


[low voices speaking]


Excuse me.

(Gail) Um, I've taught a lot of

di-, I mean, mostly high school.

But I have...


This is James, my son.

This is Karen.


Hi, Karen.


This is Jessie.


Nice to meet you.

I needed you to go to the

pharmacy this morning.

I know.

You need to be here when you

say you're going to be here.

I know.

I'm sorry.

Jessie, you look so pretty.

I love your barrette.

Where is it from'?

(Karen) It's from a

children's store in Queens.

I don't remember where.

Well, will you let me

know when you remember?

Because I think

I should get one, don't you'?


I'm so sorry for your loss.

He really loved you

very much.

You want to say something?

You want something to drink?

(Jessie) I'm fine, thank you.

You sure?

Then can I get you something?

(Karen) I'm okay, thanks.

I'm going to grab something.

[breathes deeply]

[Karen weeps]

- Hey.

- Ben.

Hey, man.

Sorry about your dad.


That's tough stuff, kid.


(Ben) How you doing with all

of this'?

It's pretty intense.

There you go.

What part'?

All of it.

I think I just met my dad's wife

for the first time, so I just...


Happy you're here.

Of course.

Can we please

have lunch sometime?

Will you come downtown? Come to the office.

I'll take you out.

Love it.

You working?

Um, you mean right now'?

Nothing really consistent.

Um, I've been staying on the

couch here for a while, Yeah.

But I've got to take care of her.

Yeah, no, I understand.

Maybe we could find something

for you at the magazine.

What, like a job'?

If it fits.

I mean, that would

be amazing, Ben.

Thank you.


You know what? Actually, I got

to go run an errand for her.

Can you just look

after her while I'm gone?

I won't be long.

Whatever you need.

You do what you need to do.

Thank you.

I'll be here.


[little girl giggles]

[laughs] [Giggles


(male customer) You all right'?

(pharmacist) 464. 82.



Gail White.






You okay?


I'm just sad, James.

It's okay to be sad.


(James) When did you get in?


About an hour ago.

Came straight from the airport.

Ma, is it cool

if I go out with Nick?

Yeah. I'm not

going anywhere.

Are you sure?

It's good to see

you two together again.

Need anything before I go?

You sure I?


You're not mad'?


Shut up.


Go. Go.

I shouldn't have left her.


Let's go back up.

No, it's cool.

You sure, man?

We're right here.

It's cool.

[elevator door opens]

Hey, what's with all the Asians?

It's his wife's family.

Wife, when did that happen?

He re-married.

I just found out last week.

That's crazy.

[women chattering]


Well, you talk.

What've you been doing

down there'?

Mostly like entertaining kids,

doing comedy.


hotel management, lying.

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Josh Mond

Josh Mond (born c. 1983) is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He is known for producing the feature films Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) and Simon Killer (2012), and for writing and directing James White (2015). more…

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