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Charlie Silvercould III carries around a family curse passed down from his grandfather; death by a milk truck on his 25th birthday. With eight days left, Charlie accepts his fate and starts... See full summary »

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Bessie
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Lucille (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
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Old Native Man
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Native Teen
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Wild William
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Charlie Silvercould III carries around a family curse passed down from his grandfather; death by a milk truck on his 25th birthday. With eight days left, Charlie accepts his fate and starts taking care of his unfinished business, like watering his plants and returning his library books and so on. But while he's out casket hunting, he meets a girl who just won't let him die in peace. Written by Anonymous

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A romantic fable about love, death and milk trucks.

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Szavatossága lejár: 25 évesen  »

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Charlie: Hello.
Telephone Guy: Yeah, it said to call on your door.
[trying to find Bessie]
Charlie: Oh! No, that's meant for someone else.
Telephone Guy: Well, how am I supposed to know that?
Charlie: You're right, that's misleading. I'll be sure to be more specific in the future.
Telephone Guy: Will you let me know if you change your mind?
Charlie: Yes. OK, goodbye.
Telephone Guy: Call me!
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People of the Secret
Written by Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel
Performed by The Helio Sequence
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
Published by The Helio Sequence (BMI), Wow and Dazzle Music (BMI)
Thomas M. Lauderdale (ASCAP)
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Clever and warm, even when it shouldn't be

So there's this young man, see, and he knows when he's going to die due to an old family curse, and he spends the last two weeks of his life preparing for his grisly demise.

Sounds gloomy, doesn't it? And a bit corny.

Happily, Expiration Date avoids both of these two pitfalls adroitly, and what could have been an 'artsy' bit of gallows humor is instead a very surprisingly warm romantic bildungsroman. It is often cheeky, sometimes hilarious, and never self-indulgent.

After a brief framing narrative (think of the boy-and-grandpa bits in The Princess Bride) we are introduced to our hero, who believes that, like his father and grandfather before him, he is doomed to be crushed by a milk truck on his next birthday, just a few days hence. The preparations he makes for his imminent demise certainly occasion a few obvious bits of black humor (measuring the view from his burial plot by stretching himself out on the grass) but that takes up a lot less of our character's attention than the young woman who has entered his life and who keeps encouraging him, despite himself, to get involved with living instead of with dying. Her performance, sometimes a bit shrill, is the only sour note I felt in this movie, but I was able to overlook it because the lead character is so charming and she is clearly trying to serve as a foil for that.

The plotting is neatly reflexive, with lots of little detailed sub-plots which are brought around later in the movie and wrap the whole bundle up so that it's more allegory than realism. But that turns out to be okay (minus, again like the Princess Bride, the unnecessary framing story), and the leads generally keep things light enough that we excuse the poetic bits. I certainly hope this one finds a distributor. It deserves it.


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