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The screenplay written by Michael Cahill was entered into the 2004 American Zoetrope Screenwriting contest and though didn't win, was a finalist. See more »
When they turn on the lights in the dark Costco, it instantly becomes brightly lit. In reality, HID lamps are very dim when first switched on and require several minutes to warm up and reach full brightness. See more »
[first lines - narration]
Technically what happened wasn't my fault. I'm a minor, I'm not responsible for my actions. Technically.
[alarm sounds, everyone runs]
But these things should be taken on a case-by-case basis. In our case, I've always been the responsible party. Someone had to look out for him.
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A nice little movie where all the things that could have been done wrong weren't...
It was too easy to expect a rug-chewing performance from Michael Douglas as a crazy person, and an exasperated, eye-rolling two-dimensional "oh I'm so put-upon by the world" job from Evan Rachel Wood.
Thankfully, those clichés were avoided in this poignant and ultimately joyful and uplifting (thank God!) story of quiet nobility, personal vision and purpose, and underlying love and strength amongst otherwise "broken" people.
It's refreshing to go into a theatre not expecting much and coming out enlightened by the combined vision of the actors, writer, director, and cinematographer.
Bravo to all involved, and here's hoping to see a strong presence at the Academy Awards.
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