Indie Gems: Wristcutters: A Love Story

No smiling here.

Zia (Patrick Fugit) is depressed over his breakup with Desiree. (Leslie Bibb) He kills himself and wakes up in a purgatory for suicides. He tries to adapt to life in his new home, but then learns that Desiree committed suicide not long after he did. He's determined to find her. He sets off on a road trip with Eugene (Shea Wingham) and eventually they pick up Mikal, (Shannyn Sossamon) a girl looking for "the people in charge" because she's there by mistake. They eventually find Desiree in the company of a man who calls himself The Messiah (Will Arnett) and promises something extraordinary.

This is a really neat film with a lot of quirky elements. When you go to this purgatory, you no longer have the ability to smile. There's a hole in the back seat of Zia's car that is essentially a black hole just to name a few. The acting is great, subtle, and works well with the flow of the movie. Our characters are wondering, and that's how the movie feels at times, but not in a bad way. Like it's drifting towards something great. The humor is consistent through out, with Will Arnett's presence alone providing a lot of it towards the end. The ending itself is heartwarming, and while it's a little predictable it still feels perfect.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "Yeah, a big fat one." - Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon)


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