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Synopsis

Hard Luck Love Song is writer/director Justin Corsbie’s feature debut. The story follows Jesse (Michael Dorman), a charismatic but down on his luck troubadour who finds himself at an existential crossroads as bad choices catch up with him during an unexpected reunion with Carla (Sophia Bush), an old flame. The script is based on the song “Just Like Old Times” by acclaimed Americana singer/songwriter Todd Snider. The talented ensemble cast also features RZA, Dermot Mulroney, Brian Sacca, Melora Walters, and Academy Award nominated Eric Roberts. At its core, the film is a crime thriller wrapped in a modern day love story wrapped in a gritty, compelling character study.

Cast

  • Michael Dorman
  • Sophia Bush
  • Dermot Mulroney
  • RZA
  • Eric Roberts
  • Brian Sacca
  • Melora Walters
  • Max Arciniega
  • Randal Reeder

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Metacritic

70
Oct 14, 2021

That the film proves engrossing throughout is due largely to Michael Dorman (For All Mankind), in the central role of Jesse.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
75
Oct 14, 2021

Michael Dorman (virtually unrecognizable and about 40 pounds lighter than when he played Gordo Stevens in the Apple TV+ series For All Mankind) channels James-Dean-meets-Stephen-Dorff in a mesmerizingly good performance as Jesse, a charming bounder who has a good heart and some talent as a singer-songwriter but is always getting in his own way and stepping in some serious, um, stuff.

Metacritic review by Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
50
Oct 14, 2021

Based on the folky country song “Just Like Old Times” by Todd Snider, the film feels like a throwback to the heyday of Austin: eclectic acoustic guitars, dingy pool halls, dive bars with fountains of whiskey, neon signs, and lots and lot of late-night tacos.

Metacritic review by Jenny Nulf
Jenny Nulf
Austin Chronicle