The Whale


Fox Theatre Fri, Jan 20 6:50 PM
Fox Theatre Sat, Jan 21 6:30 PM
Fox Theatre Sun, Jan 22 7:00 PM
Fox Theatre Mon, Jan 23 9:20 PM
Fox Theatre Tue, Jan 24 9:30 PM
Fox Theatre Thu, Jan 26 6:30 PM
Fox Theatre Sat, Jan 28 10:15 PM
Fox Theatre Mon, Jan 30 9:15 PM
Fox Theatre Wed, Feb 1 9:40 PM
Fox Theatre Fri, Feb 3 3:15 PM
Fox Theatre Sun, Feb 5 12:50 PM
Fox Theatre Tue, Feb 7 4:15 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2022
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
DIRECTOR:Darren Aronofsky
STARRING:Brendan Fraser
Sadie Sink
Hong Chau
Ty Simpkins
Samantha Morton


In his first film in five years, Director Darren Aronofsky bucks expectations again with a chamber piece about an English teacher, Charlie (Brendan Fraser, still recognizable under layers of latex), who appears to be on the verge of eating himself to death. The term “morbidly obese” is rightfully considered problematic, but in Charlie’s case it may apply: his eating is a kind of death wish, a semi-conscious bid to be reunited with his dead, gay lover. Before that happens, he reaches out to the teenage daughter he hasn’t seen in ten years.

Adapted from Samuel D. Hunter’s play, "The Whale" confronts prejudice in all shapes and sizes. It’s a gripping, compassionate drama which keeps us hooked without leaving the confines of Charlie’s apartment. Along with what is probably Fraser’s career-best performance, there’s sterling work here from Hong Chau (“Downsizing”) as his friend and de facto nurse, Samantha Morton as his ex-wife, and Sadie Sink as his rebellious daughter, Ellie.