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Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas (2006)

When his journal of bright ideas is stolen, college freshman Bickford Schmeckler (Fugit) has to blanket the campus in order to locate it.

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Scott Lew

Writer:

Scott Lew
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Fugit ... Bickford Shmeckler
Olivia Wilde ... Sarah Witt
Deon Richmond ... Red
Tyler Francavilla ... PJ
Nick Corirossi ... Partier who wants to dance
Chris Weitz ... Sheldon Schmeckler (voice)
Allison Weintraub Allison Weintraub ... Party Girl
Fran Kranz ... Ralph
J.D. Walsh ... Fred
Gary Lundy ... Mellow Guy
Reid Scott ... Trent
Genevieve Padalecki ... Toga Hussy (as Jennifer Cortese)
Danny Kanamori Danny Kanamori ... Drunk Jock
Robert Ben Garant ... Campus Cop
Thomas Lennon ... Campus Cop
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When his journal of bright ideas is stolen, college freshman Bickford Schmeckler (Fugit) has to blanket the campus in order to locate it.

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First she stole his theories. Then his heart.

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 2008 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Cool Ideas See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Scott Lew: the guy in the automated wheelchair that beeps at Bickford as he is standing outside the College Services building. See more »

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As the camera pans along Trent's car as he reads The Book, a man with glasses appears in the reflection of the car. See more »

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[first lines]
Title Card: Nothing can ever be truly, fully understood. Not even the simplest thing. Not even this. - Bicford Shmeckler
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Referenced in Living with Lew (2007) See more »

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Posed to Death
Written by Todd Fink, Dapose, Clark Baechle, Jacob Thiele, and Joel Peterson
Performed by The Faint
Courtesy of Saddle Creek
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This movie may be based on a cool idea, but it needed to be developed a lot more.
22 July 2010 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

"You killed her? No! How?! With a butcher's knife?!"

Disaffected college student Bickford Shmeckler (Patrick Fugit) has filled a book with his cool and revolutionary ideas about reality. One night at a party, beautiful kleptomaniac Sarah (Olivia Wilde) stumbles into his room, and makes off with his book of ideas. Over the next few days, Bickford frantically tries to track the book back down, while reading it has a huge affect on the lives of Sarah, an entire Dungeons and Dragons club, a horny cosmology professor, and a group of homeless nuts led by a man named Spaceman. Yes, the movie really is that random. The most random and peculiar indie comedy that I've seen in a while.   

As you can tell from the description, this is a pretty weird movie. It's low-budget, for sure. Lots of obscure tunes from college radio on the soundtrack, and lots of "alternative" humor. I found the attempts at humor to be more bemusing, than anything else. I only recall laughing out loud once (thanks to a few cameos from Reno 911! and a rape joke that came out of nowhere). If the idea of a book giving women brain orgasms sounds funny to you, then you'll be right at home, here. 

I don't really think I can recommend that anyone who's not a massive Olivia Wilde or Patrick Fugit fan go out of their way to catch this one. The movie takes a turn for the dramatic at the end that doesn't fit well with anything that came before, and the entire script just seems like it could have used a lot more development.


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