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|03.09.07||Paramount||This Screening is part of event: South by Southwest 2007|
I forgot to mention before that I saw Shia LeBouf as I was walking to get my badge. He asked us where he could buy a cigarette and we pointed down the block. That's my celebrity story for the fest.
Next up is Scott Frank's story of a kid who gets a head injury in a car accident and now has to write things down to remember them. It sounds a little like Memento but it's not really. Jeff Daniels plays a blind guy who lives with him to help him do the mental equivalent of physical therapy to try and put his life together. He's really the best part of the movie.
Unfortunately, there's this astmatic villain that befriends the main kid in order to get him to help rob a bank where he works as a night cleaner. Isla Fisher's also in it as a girl the main kid gets to sleep with. A bunch of people were here with it (including Fisher) but they didn't do a Q&A afterward so I didn't get to unabashedly stare at how hot she is.
The movie... I really wanted to like it. And like I said, whenever Jeff Daniels is on screen I did. But the script is so dan writerly... it's completely caught up in its own irony and meaning. I guess it's what a lot of hollywood execs and script doctors consider a perfect story but it's just so damn by the numbers. You know stuff comes back, things you learn in the first act pay off in the third, blah blah blah. It quickly becomes about following the mold, creating a few really bizarre moments that I giggled at. Plus I felt like the whole theater was taking crazy pills because everyone loved it and clapped for everything (seriously, the Spyglass entertainment logo got applause).
Again, I'd strain to call it OK. It's probably better than I give it credit for, but I was really hoping for the best and didn't really get it.