Director: Mimi Leder
Starring: Kevin spacey, Haley Joel Osment and Helen Hunt.
The director, Mimi Leder, does a fair job, if only because she gives the room for the stars to shine. The movie is set in Las Vegas, and Leder takes full advantage of the unseen side of the garrish Vegas: the clean, desolate residential areas which complement the film so well.
As previously mentioned, the acting is great; full of heartfelt emotion and brooding sensibility. Spacey does his usual good job, while Osment actually looks, sounds, and acts like a kid. Hunt pulls off the recovering alcoholic bit quite well.
I think its the specifics of the story that don't quite jibe with me. Take the subplot concerning Trevor's father, played by Jon Bon Jovi, and his return. His abrubt, two scene, descent from the humble recovering alcoholic into the steriotypical drunken father is just too tidy. And of course, theres the ending. Its almost a shameless play on the viewer's emotions, and it might ruin the movie for many people. I say "almost", because the end heightens the film's impact greatly. To me, the ending presented an interesting challenge, but most won't see it that way and might resent the sentimentality.
Still, its a worthwhile effort; even admirable. But the plot is too over the top, and the point is rammed home too hard. The film set its sights high, hits the target, but, sadly, not the bulls eye.
If someone did you a favor and asked you to pay it forward, what would you do?
Does the ending of the film work? Is it challenging, or am I a moron?
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