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Kilimanjaro is the weak slogan, "Life is what happens when you're making plans," extended to an 80 minute film.  It's not insightful, emotional, and confuses "real" with "bland" (watching a guy discuss his vacation schedule with his boss is rarely riveting material).  Instead, writer-director Walter Strafford takes a story with potential—a desire for a fresh start by taking on a challenging task—and fails to imbue it with emotion, personality, or drama.  Instead, the movie is a series of clichés masquerading as characters, and a small story that feels insignificant rather than intimate.  Despite a nice supporting turn by Chris Maruqette, Kilimanjaro shares the empty ambition of its protagonist, and not in a way that comes off as intentional. Doug (Brian Geraghty) feels his life has becomes stuck in a rut, and the passion has gone out in his relationship with his longtime girlfriend, Claire (Alexia Rasmussen).  After she moves out, »

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