Gaby Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix Veered Off Course in ‘C’mon C’mon’

“C’mon, C’mon” is a buddy road movie of sorts, as Joaquin Phoenix, as Johnny, a radio journalist, tries to bond with and care for his 9-year-old nephew, Jesse (Woody Norman), but struggles in difficult circumstances. Ultimately, the exploration of family, parenting, relationships and responsibility, director Mike Mills says, means that the “hidden center” of the film is the third wheel, Johnny’s sister, Viv, who is Jesse’s mother.

Gaby Hoffmann was sold on the role of Viv even before she read the script. “I had a very long, luxurious dinner with Mike where we began a conversation about all the things the movie is about, and it felt like the

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