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Several Ways to Die Trying (2005)

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Dart Mark wants to kill himself when no one will publish or even read his first novel. He gets writer's block while trying to write his suicide note and won't go through with offing himself... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Dan Van Winkle ...
Megan Finnegan ...
Molly 'Mouse' Usie
Rocco Stefani ...
Mr. Usie
Jenny Lynn Luther ...
Mrs. Mark
J.T. White Sr. ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Dieck ...


Dart Mark wants to kill himself when no one will publish or even read his first novel. He gets writer's block while trying to write his suicide note and won't go through with offing himself without finishing it. While trying to clear his head he meets Molly Usie and eventually falls for her. He has to decide if Molly is worth living for or if he should just go jump off a cliff. Written by Glen Tickle

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It's not the fall that hurts...


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19 November 2005 (USA)  »

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$905 (estimated)

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Heart in the right place...
18 February 2011 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Despite the darkness implied by the description of the plot, this ultra- low budget independent film, is somehow saved by the adorableness of teenagers taking life far too seriously.

Filmed in and around Lopatcong, New Jersey, the film consists primary of two characters talking as they walk through the woods. My initial reaction was annoyance with the characters (especially Dart's crap attitude), but as the film progresses it becomes clear that this is necessary to his character - a character who has written a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book, where every path leads to doom. His moodiness is an important contrast to Mouse's whimsical, playful personality and I enjoyed watching the two together.

Like most films made on this budget by young filmmakers, the film has its flaws, but like scratches and pops on an old record, somehow those add to, rather than detract, from the film's charm. There's no reputation to live up to here, no summer blockbuster special effects to fill millions of movie seats with, just a bunch of people who want to tell a story about a couple of teenagers trying to navigate a difficult world they're trying to make sense of.

With its obvious affection for its youthful leads, the film's screenplay wanders along a familiar and vaguely Salingerian (is that a word?) path between sadness and humor.

It's got a lot of heart, and whatever its flaws, I can say unreservedly that I hope to see more from everyone involved.

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