Julia Mitchell is killed in a car crash and her husband Davis is having a very difficult time after the accident. It doesn’t help that Julia’s father thinks it should have been Davis killed in the accident instead. Davis is unraveling and he can’t seem to snap out of his free fall. He works for his father-in-law Phil and he suggest Davis take some time away from work. Davis writes a complaint letter to a vending machine company because his M&M candy bag didn’t fall into the slot where he could retrieve it? This happened at the hospital in the urgent care section. Customer service representative Karen is amazed to receive several detailed letters from Davis and they begin a connection. Davis also begins a friendship with Karen’s son Chris.
I couldn’t seem to connect with the story in this film? All I could keep thinking was that Davis needs grief counseling and his in-laws are not helping the situation at all? I should have had more compassion for Davis but I just felt he was going about everything all wrong all the time?? 2 ½* (This movie is so-so)
101 min, Drama directed by Jean-Marc Vallee with Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, D.J. Wilson, Polly Draper, Malachy Cleary, Debra Monk, Heather Lind, Wass Stevens, Blaire Brooks, Ben Cole.
Note: Imdb 7.0 out of 10, 52% critic 54% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 3.6* out of 5* with 231 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed at Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City, New York. The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist, a list of the most liked unmade scripts of the year. Gyllenhaal and Cooper have been in two other films together, Jarhead (2005 and October Sky (1999). There is also film with the title Demolition Man from 1993.