New Yorkers (and Others): Certainty Coming to Town

Some exciting news about Certainty, the film written by my cousin Mike O’Malley, starring Giancarlo Esposito, Valerie Harper, Bobby Moynihan and a host of others, is opening in New York City tomorrow night. You can check out the schedule at the Quad Cinema and purchase tickets. QA following the Friday and Saturday night screenings with Mike O’Malley, director Peter Askin, and actors Giancarlo Esposito and Tom Lipinski.

Additionally, it can be viewed on demand, as well as purchased on iTunes.

Here is my review of Certainty.

Here is my QA with cousin Mike O’Malley about Certainty.

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4 Responses to New Yorkers (and Others): Certainty Coming to Town

  1. april says:

    *Finally* got to see this tonight (it’s on Mediacom VOD here in the midwest), and absolutely loved it. What an amazing script — and *so* much more complicated than it appears on the surface! The questions it raises are serious ones, and then it delivers a dazzling array of responses that are all treated as deserving of respect. I think the greatest achievement of the script is its determination to deliver on that count — to make all of its points without ever setting any character up as a villain or a fool. Instead, each individual story is carefully stitched together with the combination of honesty, humor, and heart that I’ve come to think of as an O’Malley trademark.

    The leads were great, but for me the supporting roles were even more impressive — so many fully realized characters, and not one of them lifted from the current rom-com playbook. Who knew Bobby Moynihan had a performance like this in him? The monologue he delivers about the role of wedding guests as sentinels whose job it is to stand watch during the darker days of a marriage is an absolute classic.

    I’ve loved your cousin Mike’s writing since I first came across that essay of his about baseball and fatherhood, and I’m so glad his film has finally found its way to broader distribution. Like yours, his voice is such a refreshing change from the easy cynicism that is so pervasive in modern culture. To paraphrase another great line from the film, I think one of the best things I ever did was start following this family!

  2. Cousin Mike says:

    April! Thank you from a grateful screenwriter.

    Sheila has been my patron saint with this project–helping spread the word to people like you ,and I am so glad you got to see it. Please tell your friends. Post it on Facebook! Share it! We need your help….

    Cousin Mike

    • april says:


      Movie-loving friends: Go out of your way to find “Certainty” — a hilarious yet deeply philosophical film structured around a young couple’s experiences at a Pre-Cana retreat (aka “Catholic Camp”), which is required for them to be married in the Catholic church. It’s a real gem, and deserves a far wider audience than it’s gotten so far. It’s newly available on Mediacom (and presumably other PPV providers) thru video-on-demand. Oh, and did I mention that it was written by Mike O’Malley, who plays Kurt’s dad, Burt Hummel, on “Glee”?!?! Heads up, @Roger Ebert — this one is a *natural* for Ebertfest!

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