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The resolutely single Don Johnston has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don resigns himself to being alone yet again and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. Don is urged to investigate this "mystery" by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present. Written by
25 minutes of story dragged out to 106 minutes of junk.
I have never watched a movie that feels so slow and boring - had I imagined it? The answer is an emphatic NO, this was not my imagination
the movie maker truly drags out every scene well past reasonable.
One scene for example has Don (Bill Murray) sitting bored on the coach listening to some mundane music. This lasts for an incredible 90 seconds! This must be one of THE worst scenes in movie history. It added nothing to the story whatsoever.
Melancholy and thoughtful was probably what the director was trying to achieve, but instead we have Bill Murray looking like he's spaced out on drugs for most of the time.
IMDb has this scoring in the mid sevens as I write this. Subtract six off this number and you'll be about there. It was absolutely awful.
Thank goodness Jim Jarmusch doesn't make that many movies, that way there is less chance of accidentally picking up another pile of junk from the video store.
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