Rachel Bilson (Jumper, The O.C.) and Tom Sturridge (Pirate Radio) lead an all-star cast in this "refreshingly honest and original love story...with superb performances." (Boxoffice Magazine). Sturridge creates a mesmerizing and unforgettable character in Will, the quirky street performer with a free spirit and a heart of pure gold. The object of Will's lifelong affection is Emma (Bilson), the beautiful young actress whom he has never stopped loving since they were childhood sweethearts. But when they reunite, and Will gets swept up in Emma's complicated past, his innocence and all-consuming passion could cost him everything he's ever wanted.
Waiting for Forever
is a film that's unlikely to elicit many neutral opinions; chances are you'll find it either cute 'n' quirky or cloying and annoying. At the center of this 2010 rom-com is the relationship between Will Donner (Tom Sturridge) and Emma Twist (Rachel Bilson). Friends since childhood, when she provided him with comfort and companionship following the traumatic death of his parents in a train crash, they've long since gone their separate ways--or so she thinks. Turns out that while Emma has been pursuing a career as an actress, Will has turned into a kind of peripatetic Peter Pan, only without the flying chops. A jobless (he earns spare change as a street juggler) dreamer and hopeless romantic who steadfastly refuses to engage with life's quotidian realities, he's been following Emma from place to place, a sort of benign stalker who has never had the nerve to approach or talk to her, preferring to hang back and worship her from afar. That changes when Emma returns to their Pennsylvania hometown, where her father (the reliable Richard Jenkins) is seriously ill and her ditzy mom (Bythe Danner) needs support. Encouraged by his well-adjusted banker brother (Scott Mechlowicz) and other friends, Will at last approaches her and confesses all. Complications ensue--including a credibility-defying, out-of-nowhere subplot involving Emma's L.A. boyfriend and an accidental homicide--but they do little to keep this tale from ending exactly as we expect it to. The only question involves whether you'll see "Willie" as a charming lost puppy who's never gotten over his parents' death and could use a hug, or as an infuriating ne'er-do-well who needs some sense slapped into him. The indie nu-folk music on the soundtrack leaves little doubt about where director James Keach and writer Steve Adams's sentiments lie. --Sam Graham