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Sam Davis (Michael Angarano, a brilliant young actor in his early 20s, so memorable in the deeply touching 'One Last Thing') writes children's books and lives in the child like fantasies of kids. He has a friend Marshall Schmidt (Reece Thompson, another early 20s bright young talent) who happens to show up as the only member of an audience to hear Sam read his latest new children's book. The two boys rekindle their friendship, stagnant for the past year while Marshall recovered from an altercation and hid in his parents home while Sam had a momentary encounter with a beautiful 30s something woman Zoe (Uma Thurman). The two lads decide to take a little trip to ostensibly to get Marshall out of his parent's home to see the world, but in actuality Sam has heard that Zoe is marrying some wealthy guy, Whit Coutell (Lee Pace, another brilliant actor remembered for his shattering performance in 'Soldier's Girl'), at Whit's lavish seaside home.Read more ›
Here's the scoop. Sam is a would be writer. He is supposed to be going on a weekend trip with his bud Marshall, whom he hasn't seen in a year. As it turns out, the place they are to stay at is just down the road from where a weekend wedding excursion is planned. Turns out Sam wants to break up said wedding because he's in love with the bride (Uma Thurman) and is convinced she loves him. All type of insanity ensues and things get really crazy.
Like all indy flicks this relies on writing and acting. I loved the script and the principal actors did a fine job. In regard to the script: The writer (also director Max Winkler) plays his cards close to his chest. The viewer sees certain things going on fairly early on. But other things he metes out, bit by bit, to fill in the spaces. I also like the characters, warts and all. No one here is a really good person, but none is really bad either. They all just have a lot of baggage and it gets in the way of their dealing with one another. I thought the dialogue, particularly Sam's, was outstanding. And Michael Angarano, delivers Sam's lines with great aplomb. Reece Thompson, as Marshall, does an equally fine job as a person traumatized by a violent attack a year earlier. Uma Thurman has a face you can't take your eyes off and she's as good as always here. Lee Pace might be too much of a caricature as the self absorbed actor and Uma's beau, but, for my dollar, that was the only down side to the flick.
All the production values are of a professional level. There are some nifty tunes on hand that well underscore the story. There is a subtle (maybe not so) gay thing going on between the two leads and it is vague.Read more ›
The story follows a twenty-something played neurotically well by Angarano (who showed great maturity in Gentlemen Broncos [Blu-ray]) who cannot get over falling for a forty-something played by Uma Thurman. He finds a way to try and crash her remote upstate New York wedding and pre-party while using his friend as a cushion and unbeknownst helper. The story has some comedic, yet realistic moments highlighted by the best performance (and comic relief role) in the film with Jake Johnson playing the perpetually drunk brother of the bride.
The Blu quality is standard, with there being some nice views of the island they filmed at and around. The clarity is not superb or benchmark, nor is the DTS - and the yellow lens bled out the brightness, like Winkler was trying to make it look retro (which when you let the menu play customers thought it looked like a 70s film). The weakness of this product though are the Blu supplements, which in this volume of bad quality makes it hard for me to rate the product any higher than four:
* Deleted scenes, 2 minutes. Glad they were cut as they would have made for some tedious additions.
* Outtakes, 2:35 minutes. Unfunny and could have been left off the disc.
* Extended scene, 2:36 minutes. The only supplement I liked - it was from the dinner table scene and involved more Jake Johnson comedy (I remember him most as the roommate in ...Read more ›
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A cute movie about a funny guy infatuated with a woman older than he. Not my piece of cake, but is OKPublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customeri nunez
I LOVED this quirky film! I found it for a dollar at the dollar store so wasn't expecting much but I just fell in love with the characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by kevin
It was just okay. I don't ever need to see it again. This movie was a bit to silly for me.Published 5 months ago by DivineCFC
Wasn’t expecting that much from this one, but it was the right kind of quirky for me. Maybe a lil bit of a Wes Anderson vibe to it, but not enough to say it’s derivative. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brian Gallagher
I Don't recommend this movie because the characters are not very like able and are hard to relate to and the storyline is rather convoluted.Published 6 months ago by RainWriter