MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 71 this week

Brightest Star (2013)

5.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.1/10 from 427 users   Metascore: 32/100
Reviews: 4 user | 15 critic | 9 from Metacritic.com

After the heartbreaking end of his first love, a recent college graduate sets out to win back the girl of his dreams only to discover a greater journey awaits him.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - The One I Love

Interview with Charlie McDowell and Mark Duplass


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 38 titles
created 09 Oct 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 17 May 2013
 
TBW
a list of 30 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Brightest Star" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Brightest Star (2013)

Brightest Star (2013) on IMDb 5.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Brightest Star.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Lucky in Love (TV Movie 2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When Mira's April Fool's Day tricks materialize, she finds herself promoted to the perfect job, dating the perfect man and living in the perfect home. Mira's newly upgraded life even ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Fair
Stars: Jessica Szohr, Ben Hollingsworth, Ryan Kennedy
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Can a 36 year old mass-murder haunt four people enough to rip open a doorway to the past and catapult them back in time to the night of one of Hollywood's most horrible ritual slayings? The... See full summary »

Director: David Worth
Stars: James Oliver, Jonathan Mangum, Alison Raimondi
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A story about two lifelong criminals who maneuver through the shady underbelly of Los Angeles in search of wealth, love and redemption.

Director: Michael C. Martin
Stars: Jena Malone, JT Alexander, Damon Alexander
Barefoot (2014)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The "black sheep" son of a wealthy family meets a young psychiatric patient who's been raised in isolation her entire life. He takes the naive young woman home for his brother's wedding

Director: Andrew Fleming
Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman, J.K. Simmons
Graduation (2007)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Four best friends plot to rob a bank during their high school graduation ceremony in order to help out one of the teen's sick relatives.

Director: Michael Mayer
Stars: Catherine L. Albers, Adam Arkin, Greg Benson
Art Machine (2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

On the verge of a coming of age showcase, a failing child prodigy painter desperately seeks inspiration; his world explodes through an incendiary meeting with a pyrotechnic artist, but in ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Karr
Stars: Joseph Cross, Jessica Szohr, Joey Lauren Adams
Documentary | Drama | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A poor runaway boy and a reluctant ambulance driver in Karachi. Their two lives come together through a dying humanitarian upon whom so much of their daily lives depend.

Directors: Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Lita Markovic
...
Ray
...
...
...
Jodi
...
Dr. Lambert
...
Jeff
Mando Alvarado ...
Juan
...
Gary
...
Tokagawa
Marcus Lorenzo ...
Alpha Co-Worker
Roevely Rancell ...
Beta Co-Worker
...
Gaurav
Edit

Storyline

After the heartbreaking end of his first love, a recent college graduate sets out to win back the girl of his dreams only to discover a greater journey awaits him.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

girl | college | love | work | undergraduate | See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 January 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Light Years  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
The Boy: I always imagined there'd be a time in my life where everything would line up and the universe would reveal its plan to me. What was once confusing and overwhelming would reassemble into something so clear and so bright, there's no way I wouldn't know what to do. And I guess you could say that's what happened.
See more »

Connections

Version of Some Boys Don't Leave (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Cover
Written by Dan Goldman
Performed by Luxury Pond
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A meandering romantic drama about losing love and finding yourself
3 February 2014 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Brightest Star" is an indie romantic drama about the journey of winning back the love of your life versus finding yourself. The Boy (Chris Lowell) loved Charlotte (Rose McIver) and lost Charlotte, and now he's lost himself and will do whatever it takes to get her back. That's right, our lead character doesn't have a name but every other main character does. If you haven't figured it out yet, he doesn't know himself very well.

Some of the early sequences are out of chronological order, but it's not difficult to figure out where we're at. He was with Charlotte and now he's not. The film seems to revel in its independence with many close-up shots of the characters deep in thought with nondescript music playing in the background. It's a meandering tale of losing your first love and then finding yourself.

The over-arching element of the story is of the universe. The boy is a liberal arts grad but is really interested in astronomy and he wants the universe to guide him in making the right decisions. As he explains in the opening narration, you could say it does, but I really hoped he eventually figured out how stupid he was being. The whole physics/universe angle is starting to become greatly over-used in recent indie romantic dramas and comedies, so it just doesn't feel all that fresh anymore.

The writing was decent and the acting was good, but there's nothing to elevate the film to a higher level. The boy goes from meaningless job to meaningless job because he just doesn't know what to do and it takes him a while to figure out how to win back Charlotte. I never understood why he wanted Charlotte back in the first place. We never got to know her and only saw her treat him terribly. But the point isn't to get to know the characters. The point is that The Boy could be any boy, and every boy has a Charlotte. And every Charlotte is different except that they don't love the boy anymore.

I needed "Brightest Star" to tell a more specific story. Preferably one where the boy wasn't so clueless and didn't need the universe to tell him what to do.


15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
release date rrdchrry
Interview with Maggie Kiley on How She Cast and Taking New Angles mfrushmore
Hair rrdchrry
Discuss Brightest Star (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?