Film Review: ‘A Man Called Otto’ is O-T-T-Oh No for Tom Hanks

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CHICAGO – Tom Hanks finds himself – as the title character – stranded in a slough of artificiality in this clumsy manipulative attempt at a crowd pleaser. He plays a grump in “A Man Named Otto,” a remake of a 2015 Swedish film. The setting has been transferred to the grey rust belt of Pittsburgh, and Hanks is a widower with a lot of chips on his shoulder about the world today.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 2.0/5.0
Rating: 2.0/5.0

Otto sees himself surrounded by idiots. He also has both the obstinance and time to complain, whether its cars driving around his housing complex’s gate, or being charged for six feet of an item when he only wanted five feet. His patience is further tested by the changing nature of his neighborhood and a Hispanic family that moves in across the street. The husband Tommy (Manual Garcia-Rulfo) is a clumsy nitwit and the wife Marisol (Mariana Treviño) is a talkative-but-kind person … she is always popping over to ask to borrow an allen wrench or to drop off some home baked cookies.

“A Man Called Otto” opens in select theaters on January 6th, with a wide release on January 13th.. Featuring Tom Hanks, Mariana Treviño, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Truman Hanks and Mike Birbiglia. Screenplay adapted by David Magee. Directed by Marc Forster. Rated “PG-13”

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