On the Count of Three


On the Count of Three

Overview:

Val has reached a place where he feels the only way out is to end things. But he considers himself a bit of a failure—his effectiveness lacking—so he figures he could use some help. As luck would have it, Val’s best friend, Kevin, is recovering from a failed suicide attempt, so he seems like the perfect partner for executing this double suicide plan. But before they go, they have some unfinished business to attend to.

Votes 0 (0/10)

Runtime: 84 minutes

Release Date 2022-05-13

Website: Link

Tagline: It’s a great day to be alive.

Production company:

  • Valparaiso Pictures
  • Werner Entertainment
  • Annapurna Pictures
  • Orion Pictures
  • Morningside Entertainment
  • United Artists

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Comedy
  • Drama

Trailer

Further Information

Val
Jerrod Carmichael
Jerrod Carmichael
Kevin
Christopher Abbott
Christopher Abbott
Natasha
Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish
Lyndell
J.B. Smoove
J.B. Smoove
Dr. Brenner
Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler
Donny
Lavell Crawford
Lavell Crawford
Eddie
Craig Arnold
Craig Arnold
Beth
Sydney Van Delft
Sydney Van Delft
Leah
Allison Busner
Allison Busner
Todd
Jamie Mac
Jamie Mac
Mr. Ritchie
Clyde Whitham
Clyde Whitham
Young Kevin
Gryffin Hanvelt
Gryffin Hanvelt
Police Officer
Jordan Blais
Jordan Blais
Janitor
Huy Hao Tran
Huy Hao Tran
Dennis
Matthew Gorman
Matthew Gorman
Andre
Zachary Aiello
Zachary Aiello
Wyatt
Jared Abrahamson
Jared Abrahamson
Lori
Tori Hammond
Tori Hammond
Security Guard
Richard Anderson
Richard Anderson
Nurse
Sharon Forrester
Sharon Forrester
Police Officer
David Thompson
David Thompson
Jimmy
Derrick Reeve
Derrick Reeve
Addison
Yeva Light
Yeva Light
Girl Motocross Employee
Emma Gray
Emma Gray
Meth Head Woman
Avelyn Graye
Avelyn Graye
Associate Producer
Jon Harris
Jon Harris
Producer
Tom Werner
Tom Werner
Foley Editor
Matthew Haasch
Matthew Haasch
Foley Artist
Jay Peck
Jay Peck
Stunts
Christopher Place
Christopher Place
Executive Producer
Megan Ellison
Megan Ellison
Executive Producer
Christopher Storer
Christopher Storer
Original Music Composer
Owen Pallett
Owen Pallett
Producer
Jimmy Price
Jimmy Price
Dialogue Editor
Brian Bowles
Brian Bowles
ADR Editor
Brian Bowles
Brian Bowles
Executive Producer
Tyson Bidner
Tyson Bidner
Director
Jerrod Carmichael
Jerrod Carmichael
Producer
Jerrod Carmichael
Jerrod Carmichael
Editor
Tom Eagles
Tom Eagles
Line Producer
Shane Boucher
Shane Boucher
Production Design
Garren Dunbar
Garren Dunbar
Location Manager
Nina Bains
Nina Bains
Construction Coordinator
William Mood
William Mood
Stunt Coordinator
Alain Moussi
Alain Moussi
Casting Director
Chelsea Ellis Bloch
Chelsea Ellis Bloch
Director of Photography
Marshall Adams
Marshall Adams
Costume Design
Jennifer Stroud
Jennifer Stroud
Still Photographer
Albert Camicioli
Albert Camicioli
Visual Effects Supervisor
Vico Sharabani
Vico Sharabani
Casting Director
Marisol Roncali
Marisol Roncali
Stunt Driver
Chad Knorr
Chad Knorr
Makeup Department Head
Ashley Dawn Szabadi
Ashley Dawn Szabadi
Supervising Sound Editor
Chris Chae
Chris Chae
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Chris Chae
Chris Chae
Stunt Double
Bart Badzioch
Bart Badzioch
First Assistant Director
Joseph J. Gillanders
Joseph J. Gillanders
Graphic Designer
Roxanne Landry
Roxanne Landry
Props
Paul Pellerin
Paul Pellerin
Boom Operator
Julien Desormeaux
Julien Desormeaux
Producer
Ari Katcher
Ari Katcher
Writer
Ari Katcher
Ari Katcher
Visual Effects Producer
Ruben Gloria
Ruben Gloria
Electrician
Eric Neill
Eric Neill
Music Supervisor
Rob Lowry
Rob Lowry
Set Decoration
Stephanie Burbano
Stephanie Burbano
Key Grip
Shawn Kazda
Shawn Kazda
Colorist
Sam Daley
Sam Daley
Visual Effects Supervisor
Alex Noble
Alex Noble
Compositing Supervisor
Dulany Foster IV
Dulany Foster IV
Stunt Double
Kyle W. Brown
Kyle W. Brown
Online Editor
Jordan P.H. Stein
Jordan P.H. Stein
Carpenter
Caleb William Haines
Caleb William Haines
Art Direction
Zebah Pinkham
Zebah Pinkham
Producer
David Carrico
David Carrico
Producer
Adam Paulsen
Adam Paulsen
Best Boy Grip
David Rajsic
David Rajsic
Assistant Set Dresser
Tara Burr
Tara Burr
On Set Dresser
Christian Belisle
Christian Belisle
Second Assistant Camera
Caelan Benn
Caelan Benn
Hair Department Head
Robert Lugo
Robert Lugo
Key Makeup Artist
Christina Samuels
Christina Samuels
Leadman
Justin Pellingra
Justin Pellingra
Stunt Double
Corey Hibbert
Corey Hibbert
Assistant Costume Designer
Iwan Fay-Fright
Iwan Fay-Fright
Casting Associate
Matthew Goudie
Matthew Goudie
Executive Producer
Ryan Welch
Ryan Welch
Writer
Ryan Welch
Ryan Welch
Producer
Jake Densen
Jake Densen
Co-Producer
Josh Senior
Josh Senior
Third Assistant Director
Abbey Chapman
Abbey Chapman
Second Assistant Director
Shawna Steele
Shawna Steele
Carpenter
Ron Evenden Jr.
Ron Evenden Jr.
Carpenter
Joey Gunn
Joey Gunn
Carpenter
Christopher C. Haines
Christopher C. Haines
Carpenter
Sean Kulak
Sean Kulak
Set Dresser
Christopher Zlomek
Christopher Zlomek
Grip
Kyle Amell
Kyle Amell
Best Boy Electric
Aaron Fuoco
Aaron Fuoco
Second Assistant Camera
Michael McPherson
Michael McPherson
Grip
Thomas John Rolfe
Thomas John Rolfe
Lighting Technician
Jordan Slater
Jordan Slater
Casting Associate
Kimi Hay
Kimi Hay
Wardrobe Supervisor
Allison Chesher
Allison Chesher
Wardrobe Supervisor
Sarah Hoke
Sarah Hoke
First Assistant Editor
Andrew Freedman
Andrew Freedman
Post Production Coordinator
Tim Rousseau
Tim Rousseau
Location Manager
Emily Campbell
Emily Campbell
Hair Department Head
Jessica Awad
Jessica Awad
Executive Producer
Pete Dakich
Pete Dakich
Art Direction
Jodie Rice
Jodie Rice
Executive Producer
Mike Roberts
Mike Roberts
Co-Producer
Jack Parker
Jack Parker

MSB

If you enjoy reading my Spoiler-Free reviews, please follow my blog @ https://www.msbreviews.com Even though On the Count of Three isn’t exactly a comedy or a light film based on a silly premise (How It Ends), I did expect humor to play a big part. In this regard, I wasn’t disappointed. Christopher Abbott (Possessor) is particularly funny with all his self-debates about taboo matters such as racism and general discrimination, but there are several meaningful messages “hidden” in the seemingly comedic scenes. Let me also praise Jerrod Carmichael for his grounded, emotionally compelling display and for his terrific directing. The actors share impeccable chemistry and transform a supposedly close friendship into something really authentic. Val (Carmichael) and Kevin (Abbott) are incredibly relatable, which could make a movie about committing double suicide a bit dangerous. The screenplay from Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch is carefully written in a way that clearly demonstrates how different people deal with depression, sadness, stress, and so many other aspects in life that bring people down. Fortunately, these characters are built and developed in such a rich, enlightening manner that the ending - while shocking in its essence - works beautifully as a message that life is worth living no matter how tough it might be. This might be a confusing statement to write for people who have already seen the film, but it all has to do with the care that the viewers gain for the protagonists. The first act puts them at equal standpoints regarding suicide, but throughout the runtime, it’s shown to the audience what happened in each of their lives. It’s the subtle conversations, the apparently insignificant jokes here and there that ultimately turn the climax so emotionally effective. The best compliment I can offer this movie is that the ending - despite being somewhat expected - clearly transmits to the public what’s right and wrong. Technically, exceptional camera work from Marshall Adams (beautiful long takes) and an amazing score from Owen Pallett elevate the overall picture. I wish the characters could have been more explored, but having in mind the short runtime, it’s truly a great piece of filmmaking. On the Count of Three is one of those films I know I’ll undoubtedly rewatch more than just a couple of times. Boasting two phenomenal performances from Christopher Abbott and Jerrod Carmichael (also the director), the genuine chemistry between the two actors elevate a close friendship into something that makes the viewers deeply care about their fate. Tremendous praise to Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch’s screenplay, which is definitely the element that makes this movie one of the best I’ve seen this year. By writing it with extreme care and responsibility, the predictable yet impactful ending doesn’t leave a margin for doubts about what’s right or wrong. Everyone deals with the bad moments in life differently, but life is always worth living. I felt emotionally invested in the main characters to the point of wishing the film was longer so that the writers could dive deep into these protagonists. Technical shoutouts to the impressive camera work and remarkable score. In the end, I couldn’t recommend it more. Rating: A-

Louisa Moore - Screen Zealots

A suicide pact between two friends sets the tone of the dramedy “On the Count of Three,” directed by Jerrod Carmichael. If a murder-suicide doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, never fear. Carmichael adds just enough dark humor and heart to this tragic bromance to give his violent tale a wonderfully original voice. Val (Carmichael) feels like a helpless and hopeless failure. He just backed out of proposing to his pregnant girlfriend (Tiffany Haddish), and a lame promotion at his boring job has pushed him over the edge. He’s ready to end it all, but not without the help of his equally depressed best friend from childhood, Kevin (Christopher Abbott), who is currently undergoing treatment in a mental facility after his own failed suicide attempt. Vale goes to visit Kevin and ends up breaking him out for the day. Soon after, he flashes a duffel bag stuffed with a pair of loaded guns and pitches a plan for the two to shoot each other in the face when night falls. It’s a gloomy premise for sure, but at the heart of the film is a solid story of friendship. Kevin and Val are (quite literally) ride or die buddies who have a genuine admiration for each other. They spend time deciding what to do on their last day on Earth and, since they aren’t going to see tomorrow, they settle on living the rest of the day enjoying the fact that they’ll face no consequences for their actions. This gives Kevin the idea to pay a visit to a therapist (Henry Winkler) who abused him as a child so he can finally settle some unfinished business. Ready to once again experience the joys of living for only a brief moment, the best friends become a couple of suicidal vigilantes who make the most of spending one last day, together. Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch‘s screenplay features whip-smart writing and memorable dialogue, which incorporates nuggets of street-wise wisdom with just the right amount of nuanced empathy for their characters. I have fallen head-over-heels in love with their writing after seeing this film. The story could’ve gone South very quickly, but it works on so many levels. Val and Kevin aren’t portrayed as sad losers, but as two men who grow to appreciate their last few hours of existence. Their relationship and discussions feel genuine. “On the Count of Three” is a little rough around the edges, but Carmichael displays a lot of confidence in his directorial debut. This is the type of film that will stick with me for a while.

andrialynn

My favorite from sundance. Great direction and a really funny script. This is exactly my type of humor so it worked for me most of the time. The performances are great, Christopher Abbott's still a Sundance darling. My only gripes with this film is the technical aspects of the script. It tries to balance multiple different tones at once. It was working for me at first, but it starting to get really irritating. The final 20 minutes don't even feel like the same movie tone-wise. I'm still gonna check this out when it gets a wide release, but it could've been better.

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