If you want to watch a boy steal the show from Justin Timberlake: Palmer

Bill Gordon, Contributor


Photo via The New York Times

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Based on the previews and trailers, I had moderate hopes for this movie and it’s always a nice surprise when a film exceeds expectations. Palmer is one of those films. It’s not perfect, but performances by Timberlake, as Eddie Palmer, a recently released convict, Ryder Allen as Sam, a seven-year boy who enthusiastically identifies as a girl, and Alisha Wainwright as Maggie, Sam’s grade school teacher, give this movie legs. Allen, eight-years old in real life, is a joy to watch in his movie debut. Sam is unexpectedly thrust upon Palmer who is already facing challenges reintegrating into society and must decide what is best for the boy. Juno Temple (Sam’s wayward and absent mother, Shelly) and June Squibb (Vivian, Palmer’s kind grandmother) also deliver outstanding performances. Directed by Fisher Stevens.

4/5 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Palmer” is available for viewing on AppleTV+ now.


Viewing information

How to view: AppleTV+
Release date: 2021
Duration: 110 Minutes
Genre: Drama
Rating: R