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5.9???!!! Are you kidding me??? This deserves at least an 8. So glad I watched this first before looking at reviews because I would've missed out on an incredible film. The story is very original and revolves around some young dropout who works at an electronics store instead of following his passion as a photographer. One day he steals the phone of a stranger and calls the strangers mom pretending to be her son to send him a huge some of money. In japan this type of scam is common as people will call elderly people and say it's me it's me in hopes they think they're some relative calling and then ask them to wire money. Surprisingly the mom falls for it and sends the money. However, what happens next day is when his life turn upside down. His mom doesn't recognize him anymore and the strangers mom is now his mom! What's more an exact clone has replaced him and is living with his mom. Confusing I know but not really when you watch it. Soon with another student clone they form a group with their own hideout. For a while all is fun and games as you can imagine in the company of your own clones what with the same mentality and mentality they get along like bros. But soon all different types of clones start popping up everywhere and thinks start to get crazier when they start to get deleted and our protagonist must not only survive this mass deletion but also not lose his own identity as confusion is inevitable. I loved this concept of clones because there were a lot of deeper meanings as he started to see people he knew become his clones and in a way how we see parts of ourselves in others. Some parts of us we accept and others we reject. I thought everything about this movie was brilliant from the direction to the actors especially the main actor because he played all those different clones with such skill. The movie was also hilarious but in a smart way. From start to finish this movie is a rare gem in today's endless sea of borefests. If you're the type who like mainstream crap then unfortunately this isn't for you. But if your brain has been begging for some stimulation then this is your movie.
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