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The movie begins with Jim Peck meeting a homeless man (Geoffrey Rush) who holds himself hostage for a handout. We then meet other the other members of Jim's family - his son Dave starting out who can't find work, and Lenny, his brother who works for a repo agency and falls in lust (or lust) with a somewhat demanding supermodel Tanita and ultimately winds up sublimating himself to her. Dave is looking for the meaning of life and sends away for a book (the titular $9.99 to tell him what to do. Upstairs stoner Ron is having difficulty committing to his long term girlfriend Michelle preferring to party on with 3 lilliputian sized companions, feeding them eyedroppers of booze. And widowed retiree Albert befriends the homeless man, now an angel, and asks him if there's a heaven and if he'll meet his wife when he gets there.
Its a watchable 80 minutes exploring adult themes of loneliness, a search for meaning and angst, featuring a time honoured lesson that life's true essence is most likely found where we are not looking for it.
I've watched this movie three times, and I still can't fully get into it. I loved the over all idea that every person's personallity will lead them down different paths, even people with similar lives. For example, one man refused to give up his beer and drugs for the woman he loved, yet another man turned himself into furniture for his girl. Also, there was no judgement concerning certain characters who had chossen less then desirable life paths. More often then not films will point out the good people from the bad. By doing this, the audience knows who to cheer/boo for. However, in this film it's up to the audience to judge, yet you really don't judge... It's hard to explain.
I think one reason I didn't love this film was due to the lack of physical expressions of the characters. Everything was made very nicely, but I felt that the physical ques were lacking something...not enough body/ facial expressions to suck the audience in. However, the characters were still interesting enough.
So if you want a refreshing story, yet it's a little blah, then you'll enjoy this film.
If you enjoy films similar to this, then buy "Mary and Max" (another stop frame animation film).
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The claymation was awesome, the story line was a little on the weird side. Definitely a keeper and one I will watch more then once.Published on December 22, 2013 by B. Bell
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Well, for one thing, it was beautifully put together. The sets came across as thoroughly convincing - they gave everything needed for suspension of disbelief. Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by wiredweird
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