Snow Angels

Synopsis: On a cold afternoon, with snow on the ground, the high school band is practicing for the last football game. They hear shots. Flashback a few weeks before. Arthur is a high school student, bussing at a restaurant. Annie and Barb are waitresses there - Annie was Arthur's babysitter when he was little. She's now separated from her husband Glenn, who's on the wagon, starting a new job, praying to Jesus, and trying to prove he has his balance back so he can see more of their small daughter, Tara. Annie's seeing someone else, Arthur's parents have just separated, and Arthur is attracted to Lila, a new student at the high school. It's a small town, people's lives cross.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): David Gordon Green
Production: Warner Independent
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Shh! Shh!

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

This is our last home game, people.

And I don't understand

what the problem is.

Look at the person next to you.

Do it!

Look at the person behind you.

I don't think we need the smiles.

Thank you.

Now we're all part of a formation.

Every pers...

Every person matters.

Every step is an anticipation of the next.

If you don't think you have a complete

concept of what we're trying to do...

...then we should just pack up

and go home right now.

And I mean it.

But if you want to attempt to explore

the physical, musical possibilities...

...of making something substantial,

then we focus, and concentrate...

...but you have to wanna do it.

You have to want it deep inside you.

Do you have a sledgehammer

in your heart?

Because I have a sledgehammer

in my heart.

I found it when I was your age.

And I lived in that future.

Are you ready to live into that future?

Are you ready to be my sledgehammer?

Eighty-six the fried rice.

Whoo! I can see your underpants.

I'll be with you in just a minute, all right?

Is everything okay?

Barb! Barb! Barb!

Barb, what...? Barb, what this is?

Shh. Keep it down.

- What is it?

It's moo goo gai pan. It's Chinese.

Can't you read...?

- That's what this is for.

- Buy more pens.

- I can write it down.

- No lipstick, please.

- That's all I had at the time, sorry.

- Barb, listen.

- Next time, you do it right, otherwise...

- All right, fine.

- Don't argue with me, please.

- I'm not arguing. I didn't have a pen.

- Let's go to kitchen, come on.

- I'm not supposed to be working today.

Let's not argue in front of the customers.

Save me, Annie.

Let's go, come on.


- Sorry. I didn't even see it.


You okay?

It's bleeding.

You working tomorrow?

I gotta work a frigging double.

Oskar's making me come in

and do inventory.

I gotta count wontons or something.

It's all for talking sh*t to him.

- I'll see you later.


Arthur, what are you doing?

Just finishing taking out the garbage

and stuff.

- I found 20 bucks.

- Do you need a ride?

I don't know.

My mom is supposed to pick me up.

Come on, it's cold. Get in.


How are your parents?

They're okay.

Has the neighborhood changed much?

A little, but not really. Nothing major.

What about that girlfriend of yours

in the house with all that poison ivy?

- No, she wasn't my girlfriend.

- Whatever.

There was never any point where I...

I've never had a girlfriend.

You guys got married. We had a ceremony.

I married you guys.

When? That doesn't... It was like a joke.

It was... We were 5.

It's real, it's binding. We got cups.


She divorced me, she took everything.

That sucks.

- Yeah?

- Sweetheart, I didn't hear you come in.

- I didn't realize it was so late.

- Yeah.

How'd you get home?

Was I supposed to come get you?

- Annie gave me a ride.

- Oh.

Really? How's she doing?

She's okay.

How's her mom doing? Did you ask?

I didn't ask.


You okay?

Tomorrow's gonna be hard.

- Good night.

- Good night, Mom.

I love you.

Love you.

Now that you've made

a complete mess of the house...

...well, I suppose it's time for a cigarette.

I'm not happy, Lou.

I'm just not happy.

You know what, Don?

This is your decision.

These are choices you're making.

I just don't know

how I'm expected to be...

...a good husband and father if I'm,

you know, if I'm just half here.

I don't wanna hear any more

of your bullshit excuses.

Get your things,

and be out of this house by morning.

Oh, you gotta be kidding. Gross.

Hey listen, you've got time to give me a...

Well, look at you.

What, you got another job interview?

No. Yesterday I got a spot

working for Rafe.

I think I'm gonna spend the day

with Tara.

You were gonna give me a hand

getting your stuff from the attic.

Oh, yeah. No, I don't have time, Dad.

I thought we'd get our picture taken

at the mall.

What? Me and you?

No, me and Tara.

I'm late, I gotta pick her up.

What are you doing with Rafe?

I start tomorrow,

at the carpet warehouse.

It's not my dream job or anything.

I'm doing some consulting.

Why don't you talk to Spider

about that real estate development?

I think you'd be a natural in sales.

Or you know what?

Joe Dunham could use a hand.

I was talking to him about ethics

and ethnic labor.

Dad, where's my comb?

Have you seen my comb?


Where the hell's my comb?

How are you doing for money?

I'm okay. I'm okay.

I thought maybe you could take Tara

out for a little treat, on her grandparents.

Where's my comb, Mom?

There's your toothbrush in the sink.

- Here. Here you go.

- Thanks.

- How's the tie?

- It looks fine.

Too short? Too long?

It's all right.

You see the stuffed rabbit

I got her? It's incredible.

Where are you taking her?

Marsden Pond.

Maybe out to the mall.

The picture people are there.

I think it'd be nice to get

some wallet size for you guys.

I always get nervous when those

people try to take my picture. I don't know.

Lt'll be nice. You look nice.

I'm gonna be late.

Annie's gonna be mad.

Tell her hello for us.

I will.

We love you no matter what your job is.

You've always got a room here.

I love you guys. I love you, grandpa.

Lay off that apple jack. Come on, Bomber.

- I don't know what else to do.

Nothing, he's not a child.

You forgot the rabbit.

Morning, Arthur.

- Morning.

Okay, I'm off.

I'm not gonna have a phone put in

till Monday.

If you need to get in touch with me

you just call me at the school, okay?

All right.

- Is there a football game tonight?

- No.

No? You don't have a show?

- Next week's the game.

- Oh.

You wanna help your dad with his bags?


- Dad, you need a hand?

Yeah, I'd love it.

You know this has nothing to do

with you, right?

Right? It's not like you're not gonna

see me anymore:


I'll be right nearby in the campus.

In this new apartment complex,

it's really nice. It's a little small...

...but it's nice.

So call me anytime.


All right. Well, have fun.

- Come on, I'll drive you to school.

- No. I'll walk, I'm fine.

- You sure?

- Yeah, I'm fine.

All right. Well, you better hurry,

you don't wanna be late.

Arthur, your trombone.

This is it, dude.



The rabbit, man. I forgot the rabbit.

Damn it. Damn it!


Hey, Glenn. Sorry, we've all

been sick, I've been sleeping on the couch.

Oh, yeah? Camping out?

Tara! Your daddy's here!

- Are you feeling better?

I would have brought some chicken soup.

- How are your folks?

- Oh, you know...

...sick of me staying with them.

At least my dad is.

- How's your mom?

- Good.

Good, good. Good.


Where's that little booger?

Hey. Hey, baby.

Come on, cool overalls.

Yeah. Who made those overalls?

- My mommy.

- Mommy? Hey, sweet. High-five.

All right. Good going, Mommy.

Oh, gosh, I'm sorry.

I got some... I'm a little muddy.

I got some on your carpet.

And you got some on your pants.

Hey, where would you like to go today

with your old dad?

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David Gordon Green

David Gordon Green (born April 9, 1975) is an American filmmaker. He has directed dramas such as George Washington (2000), All the Real Girls (2003), and Snow Angels (2007), as well as the thriller Undertow (2004), all of which he wrote or co-wrote. In 2008, he transitioned into comedy, directing the films Pineapple Express (2008), Your Highness and The Sitter (both 2011), as well as episodes of the HBO comedy Eastbound & Down (2009–13). In 2013, he returned to his more dramatic roots with the independent films Prince Avalanche and Joe. Since then, he has directed the films Manglehorn (2014), Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), Stronger (2017), and episodes of the television comedy-drama Red Oaks (2014–2017), which he also executive produces. Green will next direct the upcoming eleventh installment in the Halloween franchise, which he co-wrote with frequent collaborator Danny McBride and takes place forty years after the events of the original 1978 film. more…

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