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Counting Backwards (2007)

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For some, the lives we have are not always the lives we wanted. For Joe, a small time guy from the small time town of Sandwich, Illinois, his has not even come close - until now. Faced with... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Benjamin Montague ...
Joe (as Ben Montague)
Elaine Robinson ...
Claire
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Frank
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Sarah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Ackerlund ...
Way Too Drunk Kid
Kareem Bandealy ...
Doctor #2
Breon Bliss ...
Man on Crutches (as Brion Bliss)
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Frank's Client
Katie deBuys ...
Young Girl
Joe Dempsey ...
Cop
Jack Gallagher ...
Burt
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Waitress
Heidi Koling ...
Making-Out Co-Worker A
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Nurse
R.J. Marquez ...
Tetris Co-Worker
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For some, the lives we have are not always the lives we wanted. For Joe, a small time guy from the small time town of Sandwich, Illinois, his has not even come close - until now. Faced with death and having recently met the girl of his dreams, Claire, Joe has to find a way to live the life of passion he'd always wanted, and he has to do it fast. Journey with Joe towards the great beyond, not half as imaginative as the path he's finally forged here on Earth. Ride with him as he's forced to figure out the meaning of life that he won't have time to live. With the help of his best friend, Frank, and his brilliant, if not terrified mother, Sarah, Joe will finally learn to live, love, and explore beyond his wildest dreams. And we'll get to watch one man's journey unfold, from the first day of the rest of his life on. Written by Montague Films

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The things worth fighting for still have to be fought for.

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Great film
17 June 2008 | by (Kirkland, WA) – See all my reviews

I saw this last week at a Seattle film festival (STIFF) and was really impressed with how good this movie is. It takes a couple beats to develop, but then just keeps surprising you with unexpected excellence. This a surprisingly good date film that manages to avoid all the pitfalls present with such potentially touchy subject matter. With one of the better meet-cutes you'll ever see, there's a lot of imagination in the script that manages to get you laughing while always building the story forward. It should leave you smiling, thinking, and seeing more of the possibilities of the world.

There are a couple spots that almost fail (an unexplained relationship, a late admission that seems more puzzling than informative), but the film carries it all with its great heart and loving humor.


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