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The Lookout (2007)

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Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Pratt
Barbara Pratt
Mrs. Lange
Mr. Tuttle
Greg Dunham ...


An admired high school hockey player with a bright future foolishly takes a drive in the night with his girlfriend and two other friends with his headlights off with devastating results. The former athlete is left with a brain injury that prevents him from remembering many things for extended periods of time. To compensate, he keeps notes in a small notebook to aid him in remembering what he is to do. He also lives with a blind friend who aids him. Obviously, with the mental incapacitation, he is unable to have meaningful work. Thus he works as a night cleaning man in a bank. It is there he comes under the scrutiny of a gang planning to rob the bank. The leader befriends him and gets him involved with a young woman who further reels him in. After they get close and after reeling him in with his own failures, the bank plan unfolds. Confused but wanting to escape his current existence, he initially goes along with the scheme. After realizing he is being used, he attempts to stop the ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Whoever has the money has the power


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vigía  »

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Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,017,795, 1 April 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,646,830, 14 June 2007
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2.35 : 1
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The hockey game Chris listens to on the radio was played during the 2005-2006 NHL season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Detroit Red Wings. Players mentioned include Pascal Leclaire, Manny Malhotra, Mark Hartigan, and Trevor Letowski for Columbus and Robert Lang, Mikael Samuelsson, Nicklas Lidström, and Tomas Holmström for Detroit. See more »


When Chris Pratt calls Gary to arrange where to return the money, he tells him to meet him at 6 AM, meaning that it would be earlier than 6 AM when the call was placed. However, it's already light out, even though the sun does not rise in Kansas City until after 7:35 AM at the time of year the movie takes place (Christmas). See more »


[first lines]
Chris Pratt: It only happens once a year, and then they die. It's like a mating ritual or something.
Kelly: Isn't that romantic?
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The Lookout
16 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

This quiet, understated drama-thriller may take a while to get going, but the characters are fascinating and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels have a wonderful chemistry that lends the film an unexpected heart. As a brain-damaged student and a blind wannabe entrepreneur respectively, their relationship is very sweet and would probably work well in a buddy comedy.

There's a neat Fargo-like quality to a lot of the characters and dialogue and while it covers few locations it has that convincing small town feel.

Gordon-Levitt is a night janitor at a local bank who's targeted by a gang and finessed into acting as a lookout while they rob it. Things - as they must - go wrong and he has to summon all the faculties of his fractured mind to save himself.

Isla Fisher is quite revelatory in her small role. As Luvlee she's either rather dim-witted or incredibly cunning. Fisher's performance hints at the deeper recesses of her character but doesn't reveal what they hide. Luvlee is one of those rare characters where you find yourself genuinely hoping they won't turn out to be something other than what they appear. Ultimately there's something curiously redemptive about Gordon-Levitt's journey, where there really shouldn't be. It's a testament to the quality of his performance.

Overall a satisfying drama with sustained tension and some fine performances.

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