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The Lookout (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  30 March 2007 (USA)
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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
Deputy Ted
David Huband ...
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>

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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)  »

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Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,017,795 (USA) (30 March 2007)


$4,587,858 (USA) (27 April 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce McGill also appear in Lincoln (2012). See more »


If you look at the Jetta that Chris drives, you will notice that the amount of damage to the bug-deflector on the front of his car changes almost every time we see the vehicle. It starts off with the left side of the bug deflector missing, then both sides are missing and finally it goes back to just the left side missing. 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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


One Big Holiday
Written by Jim James (as James Edward Olliges, Jr.)
Performed by My Morning Jacket
Courtesy of ATO/RCA Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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What film making is about
17 August 2006 | by (Los Angeles,CA) – See all my reviews

This is incredibly entertaining and solid piece of film making, by Scott Frank. The film travels on a road that its laid out for the audience to see steps ahead, but that never matters, b/c you are constantly in suspense over what will happen to the incredibly well drawn characters in the film. Frank also shows tons of directorial flair to accompany his writing prowess. The whole cast was amazing, Matthew Goode is completely unrecognizable and is perfect in the film. Jeff Daniels again dons a Beard and steals his scenes, every line of his dialog either makes you laugh, think or just compels the movie forward, and Joseph Gordon Levitt again proves why he is capable of being one of the next great movie stars. Go see this movie and tell your friends to do the same.

This is the kind of film Hollywood should be making,

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