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It's often said that there's no such thing as an original idea anymore. It's even more difficult to describe a film without calling it a cross between two others that have gained recognition so that it will be easier to sell to an audience. If you look at the amount of sequels or new renditions of classics being pushed through theaters, it's easy to stay stuck in the mentality that nothing could possibly surprise you.

And that's where Elliot Greenebaum's Assisted Living comes in, gently releasing you from the theater with renewed hope that not all voices out there are alike. A difficult film to encapsulate as it doesn't have a clear-cut genre definition, Assisted Living follows a workday for helper Todd (Michael Bonsignore) as he interacts with elderly residents and staff in a living-assisted home. One resident in particular, Mrs. Pearlman, (Maggie Riley) increasingly treats Todd like a son to replace the one who has forgotten her, accidentally detracting him from his routine of smoking marijuana and playfully slacking from responsibilities.

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