The Night Listener
The Night Listener is billed as a thriller, but I didn’t find it very thrilling. It’s interesting, partially because it’s based on real events – and I think life is way more interesting than anything anyone could make up! It’s also interesting to watch because the actors are so good. Robin Williams stars as a radio host who befriends a teenage boy over the phone. Rory Culkin plays the boy, or does he? There’s a mystery here, and the multi-faceted Toni Collette has a hand in it. Her character is the boy’s guardian, and through a series of events she becomes suspect. I’m always fascinated by relationships, and there’s an interesting (there’s that word again!) relationship here with the radio host and his boyfriend, or former boyfriend, played by Bobby Canavale. The film is rated R, for some graphic sexual content played as flashbacks.