Monday, November 12, 2007

Movie Review: Wristcutters: A Love Story

After his girlfriend Desiree (Leslie Bibb) breaks up with him, 20-something Zia (Patrick Fugit from Almost Famous) slits his wrists and ends up in a purgatory inhabited only by people who've committed suicide. Zia soon befriends Eugene (Shea Whigham), a Russian rocker who lives with his entire family. (Yes, all suicides.) When Zia finds out Desiree killed herself after he did and is in this afterlife as well, he and Eugene hit the road to find her. Along the way, they meet up with a collection of characters, including Mikal (the gorgeous Shannyn Sossamon), who's searching for the "people in charge" of this bizarro world because she says she didn't kill herself and wants out, and Kneller (Tom Waits), a commune-living guru/weirdo who's looking for his dog. This is essentially a road movie, and what makes it work is that world the characters are exploring is similar enough to ours to engage us and different enough to keep things genuinely absurd. But mostly, Wristcutters is, like its subtitle says, a love story. (Think Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind or Defending Your Life, though this is far less ambitious.) For a movie about a bunch of people who killed themselves, Wristcutters ends up being very uplifting.

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