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Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  2 November 2007 (USA)
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A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike (as Mark Boone Jr.)
Mikal P. Lazarev ...
Kid Kostya
Gas Station Attendant (as Adam G.)
Eugene's Mother


Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. Written by <>

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An Offbeat Comedy, A Love Story, A Road Movie - But Everybody's Dead See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and disturbing content involving suicide | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csuklónyiszálók  »

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$42,808 (USA) (19 October 2007)


$104,077 (USA) (26 October 2007)

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1.78 : 1
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Eugene (Shea Whigham) isn't smoking pot throughout the film, he's actually smoking tobacco cigarettes. Actor Whigham noticed director Goran Dukic smoked loose tobacco and rolled his own cigarettes and carried it in a plastic bag, and said that's what he wanted Eugene to smoke. See more »


When Kneller finds Mikal and Zia sleeping on the beach, we see a needle poking through Zia's shirt. In the next shot, the needle is gone. (A short scene of dialogue where Zia takes the needle out of his shirt was edited out.) See more »


Zia: I don't know about you Eugene, but I got a cock. Do you have a cock Mik?
Mikal: Yeah, I got a cock. A big fat one.
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Roadtrip meets black comedy meets love story
4 June 2006 | by (Washington) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I've seen in a while! It's also one of the funniest movies I've seen recently.

The beginning definitely sets you up for the action to come and adds shock value. The first half hour or so was hilarious, filled with nice little humorous tidbits. Then it launches into the whole road trip scheme and focuses a lot more on the characters' emotional journey.

What's also neat for anyone who's spent a lot of time in Los Angeles and the valley is that you can recognize most of the scenery. This brings the plot into our world a little and makes it sort of familiar. The characters bring you along with them on their journey.

Patrick Fugit was fantastic in his role, as were all of the other actors. There were even a few surprise castings that had the audience roaring with laughter and cheering towards the end of the film.

This is truly a character-driven film of the type that you don't find much anymore. You won't regret any minute of it!

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