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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Wristcutters: A Love Story

Posted on Thu, Nov 1, 2007 at 4:00 AM

*1/2
Wristcutters: A Love Story
Studio: No Matter Pictures
Rated: R
Cast: Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon
Director: Goran Dukic
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Our Rating: 1.50
The witless Wristcutters holds all the fascination of a train wreck. You’ll stay in your seat just to see if it’ll get any worse, and you won’t be disappointed. It’s boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds better girl in the afterlife, with the promising concept of its bland hero’s (Patrick Fugit) quest through a post-suicide purgatory undercut by a romantic formula so conventional it might as well have been taken from a CW drama. Wristcutters is an ugly, ultimately unimaginative fantasy that naively hopes our appreciation for the film’s numerous arbitrary quirks (like a black hole under a car seat and a frequently detached gas pump that conveniently links Fugit to his ex) will make up for the disarmingly dumb dialogue and insulting dream sequences. Nevertheless, the movie is just weird enough to warrant a bit part from Tom Waits, which is exciting for five minutes until his character begins to devolve into a beacon of sage, Morgan Freemanish omnipotence. Guess when he signed the contract, the piano had been drinking.

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