Palmer is a 2021 American drama film directed by Fisher Stevens and written by Cheryl Guerriero. It stars Justin Timberlake as a former college football star, now an ex-convict, who starts to mentor a young boy (Ryder Allen); Alisha Wainwright, June Squibb, and Juno Temple also star. It was digitally released by Apple TV+ on January 29, 2021.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances while noting its familiarity. Love, drama, the past, the present and the future are inextricably linked to form one, all-consuming, demanding mess; but as director Fisher Stevens showcases in his latest film, sometimes, what is caught in the eye of the storm can be worth it all. Palmer sees Justin Timberlake in the titular role, portraying that of a former football star, now released from prison after serving a sentence of twelve years.
Returning to living with his grandmother Vivian (June Squibb), Palmer immediately becomes entangled with misbehaviours once again. After a night of smoking and drinking, he has a one-night stand with Shelly (Juno Temple), the wayward woman living in the trailer next door to Vivian who just so happens to the mother of young Sam (Ryder Allen).
Like a good, elderly neighbour, Vivian looks after Sam whether it be by baking treats for him, taking him to church or babysitting him for extended periods when Shelly takes off on one of her escapades.
Nonetheless, the bond that is built on screen between Palmer and Sam is unconventional and rocky on occasion yet filled with mutual love and tenderness that does bring on tears when it is put to the test throughout the course of the hour and fifty-minute runtime. During this current era, Steven’s film provides reassurance that there is indeed goodness in each of us and that however, we may be struggling, such goodness can be the second chance that we need—that each of us deserves.
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