Krystal is a 2017 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by William H. Macy and written by Will Aldis. The film stars Rosario Dawson, Nick Robinson, T.I., Grant Gustin, Felicity Huffman, Macy, Jacob Latimore, Rick Fox, William Fichtner, and Kathy Bates.
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|Directed by||William H. Macy|
|Written by||Will Aldis|
|Music by||Dan Romer|
|Edited by||Ben Baudhuin|
The film had its world premiere at the Virginia Film Festival on November 10, 2017. It was released on April 13, 2018, by Great Point Media and Paladin.
18-year-old Taylor Ogburn has fallen in love with Krystal, a 30-something "ex-hooker-stripper-junkie-alcoholic" who cares for her son Bobby, a wheelchair user. In order to woo her, Taylor joins her Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to hopefully connect with her, despite the fact that Taylor has never had a drink in his life. With the help of his brother Campbell, his parents Wyatt and Poppy, and AA member Vera, Taylor faces his own demons and learns what it truly means to grow up.
- Nick Robinson as Taylor "Tay-Tay" Ogburn, Campbell's brother
- Abraham Touchet as Young Taylor "Tay-Tay" Ogburn
- Grant Gustin as Campbell Ogburn, Taylor's brother
- Rosario Dawson as Krystal Bryant, Bobby's mother and Taylor's love interest
- William H. Macy as Wyatt Ogburn, Campbell and Taylor's father
- William Fichtner as Dr. Lyle Farley
- Kathy Bates as Vera Greenwood, Taylor's boss
- Felicity Huffman as Poppy Ogburn, Campbell and Taylor's mother
- Rick Fox as Bo
- Jacob Latimore as Bobby Bryant, Krystal's son
- T.I. as Willie, Krystal's ex
- Amy Parrish as Taryn
On March 29, 2016, Grant Gustin, Rosario Dawson, William H. Macy, Kathy Bates, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, T.I. and Nick Robinson joined the cast of the film. Principal photography began on April 18, 2016.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 10% based on 20 reviews, and an average rating of 3.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Krystal hinges -- and ultimately stumbles -- on character behavior that beggars belief, defies logic, and finally runs well beyond the average viewer's ability to care." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 39 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
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