Searching for Sonny

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Searching for Sonny
Searching for Sonny FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byAndrew Disney
Produced byGreg Beauchamp
Red Sanders
Written byAndrew Disney
StarringJason Dohring
Minka Kelly
Masi Oka
Michael Hogan
Nick Kocher
Brad Sham
Clarke Peters
Jared Knight
Michael Kagan
Richard Folmer
Music byAlice Wood
CinematographyJeffrey Waldron
Edited bySam Parnell
Distributed byFilmBuff
Release date
  • October 22, 2011 (2011-10-22) (Austin Film Festival)
CountryUnited States

Searching for Sonny is a 2011 independent film and the feature film debut of writer/director Andrew Disney.[1] The film released on October 22, 2011 and stars Jason Dohring as one of several people involved in a murder mystery.[2]


Elliott (Jason Dohring), Calvin (Nick Kocher), Gary (Brian McElhaney) and Eden (Minka Kelly), find themselves chief suspects in a murder mystery at their ten-year high school reunion. The events surrounding the disappearance of their friend Sonny (Masi Oka), is reminiscent of a high school play they once performed, coincidentally written by Sonny himself. Deception leads to scandal and the truth surfaces as the friends learn that shady businessmen and school officials are involved in a complex scheme of money and murder.



Critical reception for Searching for Sonny has been mostly positive and The Hollywood Reporter summed the film up as "Quirky, comic film noir proves yet again that high school reunions never turn out well."[3][4] Much of the film's praise centered around the film's acting and directing,[5][6] and the Oklaholma Gazette commented that Disney's work helped to make the film look "like several million dollars were poured into the thing".[7]



  1. ^ Topel, Fred. "Genius, Dude: Jason Dohring on Searching for Sonny". Crave Online. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Searching for Sonny". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  3. ^ Scheck, Frank. "Searching for Sonny: Film Review". THR. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  4. ^ Arbeiter, Michael. "'Searching for Sonny' Review: Veers Too Dark, But Good for Some Wacky Fun". Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  5. ^ Foster, Tyler. "Searching for Sonny (review)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  6. ^ Sullivan, Gordon (14 September 2012). "Searching for Sonny (review)". DVD Verdict. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  7. ^ Lott, Rodd. "Searching for Sonny: At least two-thirds of it is worth seeking out". OK Gazette. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Feature Film Awards". PFF. Archived from the original on 30 July 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  9. ^ Festivus Film Festival (2012). "Festivus Film Festival Archives". Retrieved 2012-12-26.

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