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String Theory (2002)

 -  Drama  -  15 July 2002 (USA)
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A lawyer, a surfer, a TV minister, a councilman, a homeless man, a prostitute, two bookies, and a mysterious mute boy vie for control of an old church over the course of a single day in Santa Monica, California.


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Credited cast:
Chang Ming
Councilman Kane
Charles Cooper ...
Melvin Johnson ...
Homeless Al
Paul Shively ...
Professor Morris
Janine Venable ...
Contractor on Phone (voice)
Valerie D. Young ...


String Theory is about the desperate need of every human being to find meaning in the post-modern world. String Theory is about God, love between strangers, addiction, disease, the most powerful hallucinogen on the planet, eleven dimensional physics, and surfing. In Santa Monica a pastor dies, leaving the fate of his building up to his small congregation. During the course of one day, two forces compete for control. Hidden from the congregation, the main use of the building has actually been as a homeless shelter. One of the homeless enlists the aid of his friend, a physics obsessed surfer, to advocate for a permanent shelter. Against them are a crooked councilman and a desperate TV minister hoping to sell the property to a developer. Into this steps a dissatisfied lawyer who is about to have the course of her life altered forever by a simple lunch date. The Altman-esque cast is rounded out by a Latin numbers runner, an ex-KGB politico, a professor, a prostitute, and a mysteriously ... Written by Jacob Freydont-Attie

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Initially over-plotted but turns into smart meditation on "spiritual" truth
22 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What seems like a pretty straight-forward indie film about relationships - personal, political, and metaphysical - turns out to get headier, sillier, and more affecting (in a good way) as it goes along.

Probably shot on a very low budget in LA, the pinball-machine plot of String Theory involves a church changing hands, homeless people fighting a councilman and a corrupt preacher for its future, a mysterious good Samaritan and a mute 9-year-old black boy at the sidelines. They all converge in unexpected ways as connections are revealed, with a certain amount of lip service to "superstring theory," Einstein, physics, and pseudo science. But the film has more on its mind than plot mechanics, and also explores the relationships between deeds, faith, seeing God...or at least, having faith in what good "God" may represent. And it also involves a hallucinogenic called "DMT."

The most striking and refreshing thing about the movie is that the "plot" resolves a full 15 minutes before the film ends, after which it takes its time in relating how everyone ends up. And by that time its fine, as you are more concerned with the characters finding happiness (or at least satisfaction) by the end.

Fairly professional camera-work, nice editing, but some of the acting is a little rough and broad. But its all forgivable.

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