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The Lookout (2007)

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Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.

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Scott Frank

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Scott Frank
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Chris Pratt
Jeff Daniels ... Lewis
Matthew Goode ... Gary Spargo
Isla Fisher ... Luvlee
Carla Gugino ... Janet
Bruce McGill ... Robert Pratt
Alberta Watson ... Barbara Pratt
Alex Borstein ... Mrs. Lange
Sergio Di Zio ... Deputy Ted
David Huband ... Mr. Tuttle
Laura Vandervoort ... Kelly
Greg Dunham Greg Dunham ... Bone
Morgan Kelly ... Marty
Aaron Berg ... Cork
Tinsel Korey ... Maura
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Storyline

An admired high school hockey player with a bright future foolishly takes a drive in the night with his girlfriend and two other friends with his headlights off with devastating results. The former athlete is left with a brain injury that prevents him from remembering many things for extended periods of time. To compensate, he keeps notes in a small notebook to aid him in remembering what he is to do. He also lives with a blind friend who aids him. Obviously, with the mental incapacitation, he is unable to have meaningful work. Thus he works as a night cleaning man in a bank. It is there he comes under the scrutiny of a gang planning to rob the bank. The leader befriends him and gets him involved with a young woman who further reels him in. After they get close and after reeling him in with his own failures, the bank plan unfolds. Confused but wanting to escape his current existence, he initially goes along with the scheme. After realizing he is being used, he attempts to stop the ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Taglines:

Whoever has the money has the power

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El vigía See more »

Filming Locations:

Hartney, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,017,795, 1 April 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,600,585

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,646,830, 14 June 2007
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2.35 : 1
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The film's translation in Russia is "Fraud" See more »

Goofs

Highway signs for Route 24 show the number in a sunflower, which designates it as a Kansas state route. But the Route 24 that passes through the Kansas City Metro area is a U.S. Route, and would have a different type of sign. See more »

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[first lines]
Chris Pratt: It only happens once a year, and then they die. It's like a mating ritual or something.
Kelly: Isn't that romantic?
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Nobody But You
(1999)
Written by Junior Kimbrough
Performed by The Black Keys
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
By Arrangement with Music for the Masses
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An absorbing study of depression and rehabilitation
25 March 2007 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

So you want a good heist film? See Dog Day Afternoon, as tense a study in botched robbery and kidnapping to come out of the '70's as any. Don't think the sweet Lookout will carry the same tension because it so heavily relies on the character exposition of its protagonist, Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), that the heist is just an artful ending to an absorbing study of depression and rehabilitation.

Chris, a rock-star hockey player in high school, terminates that celebrity with a reckless accident that leaves him impaired emotionally and physically. So he's easy prey for a gang that entices him to help them rob a rural Kansas bank, where he is a janitor. Up to the point of the gang contacting him, Chris tries heroically to perform actions in a logical sequence. But even his family, especially his father, is impatient with his arrested development, although they are generous in financially supporting him as he goes on the mend.

Writer/director Scott Frank rarely lets Chris out of the frame, to good effect, because the actor and his lamentable past draw us into his narrow world in sympathy but not pity. Chris is determined to arrange his life in a sequence, with the help of his notebook and roomie, a blind and perceptive, bearded, guitar-playing Jeff Daniels, whose lines provide humor and balancing perspective as Chris slips into the heist. Both actors exude realistic, humorous, world weary personas that perfectly reveal the ambivalence Chris brings to this life-defining crime.

The Lookout is a small film, released at dumping time right after the Oscars, but an invigorating study of humans under stress. It begs all of us to "lookout" where we are going, either on a lonely road with our lights turned off or in a plan to steal from farmers who have made life possible.


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