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Wristcutters - A Love Story (2008)

Shannyn Sossamon , Tom Waits  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shannyn Sossamon, Tom Waits, Patrick Fugit
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012E2GFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,695 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wristcutters - A Love Story" on IMDb

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Life is a trip, but the afterlife is one hell of a ride. Zia, distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend, decides to end it all. Unfortunately, he discovers that there is no real ending, only a run-down afterlife that is strikingly similar to his old one, just a bit worse. Discovering that his ex-girlfriend has also "offed" herself, he sets out on a road trip, with his Russian rocker friend, to find her. Their journey takes them through an absurd purgatory where they discover that being dead doesn't mean you have to stop livin'!

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amor e morte January 17, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Most romantic comedies take place in... you know, the world of the living. They rarely star dead people. And not suicides, either.

But "Wristcutters: A Love Story" is not going to be tied down by that. This delicious, dark little cult film is about people who have committed suicide, and are now stuck in a limbo zone that is just like the living world, but less appealing. It's also dark, funny and poignant -- everything you want in a very original little indie movie.

Because of a breakup, Zia (Patrick Fugit) has decided that life is no longer worth living. He cleans his house, slits his wrists -- and finds himself in a strange twilight-zone with no sunshine, smiles, or appetizing food, and entirely populated by suicides -- think a Midwestern small town, but more depressing. He eventually gets a job, a nasty roommate, and befriends Eugene (Shea Whigham) a likably bombastic Russian rocker.

But then Zia learns from a new suicide that his girlfriend, Desiree (Leslie Bibb) has also offed herself. So he and Eugene bundle into Eugene's horrible old car, and start a road trip to find her -- picking up the pretty, feisty Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon), who says she's been placed there mistakenly. The odd trio rattles through this suicide world, until they stumble across a strange camp in the wilderness...

I first heard about "Wristcutters" a long while ago, on myspace -- but in the months that followed, it just sort of floated in a limbo of its own. Pretty frustrating, but Goran Dukic actually makes it worth waiting for -- it's a quirky and dark indie comedy, a tragedy, and a love story all in one.

As you can probably guess, the movie's main message is that you should live a life worth enjoying, and love someone worth loving.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Uplifting Dark Comedy July 9, 2007
This film goes far beyond the short story "Neller's Happy Campers" by Etgar Keret found in The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God & Other Stories. It is about the weird world that suicides go to. (A world just like this one only worse).
You will see some strange things on the journey you take in this film with the characters.
The acting is excellent.
The soundtrack ranges from the otherworldly to Eskimo throat singing. (You've got to hear it)
It is a very dark comedy but has a surprisingly light touch and a goofy feel-good style. It is hard to describe. It is like "Crossroads" meets "Road Warrior" but everybody is already dead.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suicide: It Ain't For Sissies! June 9, 2008
Thinking about suicide? Think again. And watch WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY before you pull out that razor blade, swallow those pills, or pop that gun barrel into your mouth. The world beyond is not what you want!

Zia (Patrick Fugit) is so depressed about his girlfriend leaving him, he feels he cannot go on. One slit of the wrists and it's bye-bye boy. But what lay beyond for Zia? Well, it ain't any prettier. In fact, it's downright depressing. No laughter. No smiles. An empty road full of empty lives lay ahead. Or so it seems.

Zia runs into another lost soul named Eugene (Shea Whigham, Tigerland) who has a car and the two spark up an unusual relationship. Zia pines only for his lost love Desiree (Leslie Bibb, Talladega Nights) while Eugene wanders aimlessly (or so it seems) through this netherworld. That is, until Zia finds out that Desiree has committed suicide, too! Yes! Love cannot be denied, even in this depressing purgatory. But how to find her? Of course. Road trip! Zia and Eugene set out to find Desiree but run into several speed-bumps. Headlights that don't work. No air conditioning. And even a black hole that exists under the passenger's seat that swallows up sunglasses or anything else dropped in its direction. But none of this prepares Zia for his run-in with Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang), another lost soul that they find hitchhiking along an empty road. But Mikal claims she didn't commit suicide, and is looking for the people that "run this place.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a hopeful message for the hopeless October 30, 2007
A heartwarming romantic comedy that's about the afterworld for those who commit suicide and wind up in a gloomier world than our own. The movie is funny and poignant and, although, offensive to just about every group of people, it's light and hopeful at the same time. A gem of a movie and a definitely deserving of its Sundance win.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She cried... June 23, 2011
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My sister had been looking for this dvd for a long while so I ordered it for her for Christmas, she was so happy she cried. It's a sweet movie. It got there on time and in great condition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ November 14, 2010
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This movie may not be for everyone, but after watching it for the time, I knew I had to buy it - and I NEVER buy movies. Just as it says in the title, it's a love story, but a very dark one. It's got dry and dark humor, basically a sad plot, but it's fantastic, and unlike any other movies I've seen.

Also, the shipping was fast and accurate. Great purchase!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Still one of my favorites! This movie is about what happens to people who "off themselves" after they die.
"Everything's the same here. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by woolyshamblers
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable
An unusual story about life between earth and heaven, and falling in love! Great film! Oh and someone cuts their wrists.
Published 12 days ago by Zielemon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies I have ever seen
Every once in a while you watch a movie or hear a song, or someone says something to you, and it changes you. For me one of those moments was watching Wristcutters-A Love Story. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Kelly Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
One of the best love stories out there. Love that tom waits is in it.... when there is trap set ip for you...
Published 1 month ago by James Munn
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, tragic, deep, comedic, dark, depressing at times movie
I loved this movie, a friend of mine recommended it to me after he saw it and I ended up buying it. I watched it one weekend and was thinking maybe I won't care for it, but no I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by EllaRooJunebug
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
One of my favorite movies. Love the music from the soundtrack, love the story, love the characters. Hilarious in a sick way.
Published 1 month ago by Chatefrancaise
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
One of my all time favorites. Quirky, bleak, funny, dark, beautiful, and sad. A perfect mixture of romance and thought provoking wonderment.
Published 1 month ago by Alexandra Meyering
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
So glad I finally own this movie. It's been my favorite for many years . Thank you so very much
Published 2 months ago by bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
It's dark & funny. Very clever. The acting was great but it is the story that propels this film. The actors allow you to become engaged with the characters. Brilliant.
Published 2 months ago by shilo van tatenhove
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
This movie is PHENOMENAL, a MUST SEE. Has so many good messages in it, truly makes you think about life and life after death. Its funny, a little bit sad, just all around good.
Published 2 months ago by Erika
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