When You Finish Saving the World
A mother who has devoted herself to helping people in hard times struggles to connect with her son, an aspiring internet star.
A mother (Julianne Moore) who has devoted herself to helping people in hard times struggles to connect with her son (Finn Wolfhard), an aspiring internet star oblivious to the problems of the world, in this feature debut from writer-director Jesse Eisenberg.
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Evelyn Katz (Julianne Moore) is a lifelong activist who spends her days helping families at a domestic violence shelter. Her son Ziggy (Finn Wolfhard) locks himself in his room, making music and trying to expand his social media following. Both are driven — if in comically opposite ways — to touch other peoples’ lives, but find it difficult to connect to each other. Instead, the two seek surrogates: Evelyn attempts to become a parental figure in the life of a teen staying at the shelter, while Ziggy fumbles his romantic pursuit of a politically conscious girl at his school. Though it may seem that they couldn’t be more different, a sudden shift proves that Evelyn and Ziggy may be more alike than either could care to admit.
When You Finish Saving the World is the debut feature from actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland) and is the first film from Fruit Tree, a new production company started by husband-and-wife team Dave McCary (a former segment director on Saturday Night Live) and Emma Stone (La La Land, The Favourite).
Content advisory: coarse language