‘Small Engine Repair’ Dwells on The Things We Cannot Fix

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Frank Romanowski is an alcoholic with a temper. However, he gave up drinking and largely managed to wrangle his temper for his toddler daughter Crystal. Alongside his two childhood friends Terrance Swaino  and Packie Hanrahan, he raised her to a foul-mouthed, intelligent, artistic, ambitious young woman.

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There is one moment that stands out like a gleefully violent sore thumb. Without spoiling it, however, I can say the film accounts for it fairly quickly.

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The film is also fitfully capable of genuinely poetic scenes, probably the most obvious sign of its stage origins. Especially affecting is Frank telling his friends about a date with a single mom that ends on a bittersweet note.

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Small Engine Repair is set to release starting September 10th.

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