"A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Julliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper" courtesy of imdb.com
This movie was really good. I wanted to see it for the longest time and I finally just ordered it on ondemand last night, The acting of Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr is amazing. Jamie Foxx does great with a playing a schizophrenic homeless man and even the way he looks is taken on into a whole nother' world. They really portray it so well what he's truly going through. we (especially city people like me) encounter with schizophrenic and homeless almost daily, and although I have gained some sympathy after I took a psychology class in college -- you really feel understanding and sympathetic for him, almost empathetic. He was this brilliantly talented musician and voices in his head beat him down, which is actually just terrifying for him. But the movie is great it has this powerful connection with music where some of the seasons are literally just music. But it connects with the homeless community as well. there are bad homeless people out there - thugs and drug addicts but then there are some that have just been beat down on life and there is a scene where Steve Lopez (Downey) is talking with a homeless lady and shes telling these stories and they're hilarious and he's just laughing and it just kind of makes you stop and think, its a very inspirational movie especially when you stop and think about how it's a true story
the one thing i will have to say, is that it's quite obvious that certain things are left out of the movie. Steve Lopez obviously did a lot for this - apparently this was a series of columns that he wrote, it touched people, but that doesnt always really come across in the movie (that its a series of columns) Lopez also apparently got a lot of recognition for what he was doing for Nathaniel and they kind of throw it in there last minute where you're like "what?" I have a feeling that Lopez and Ayers would feel at odds about this movie, i feel like it's not told to its true entirety.
but definitely worth seeing.