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Jumping Off Bridges (2006)

When a 17-old boy loses his mother to suicide, he struggles with her death and the secret that plagued their family.

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Kat Candler

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Kat Candler
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Credited cast:
Bryan Chafin ... Zak Nelson
Michael Emerson ... Frank Nelson
Glen Powell ... Eric Turner (as Glen Powell Jr.)
Katie Lemon ... Lindsay Price
Savannah Welch ... Grove Adams
Michael D. Conway ... Mr. Turner
Anne Nabors Anne Nabors ... Charlotte Nelson
Leslie Langee ... Mrs. Turner
Rhett Wilkins ... Jimmy Nelson
Leslie Powell Leslie Powell ... Britany Turner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buckner Cooke Buckner Cooke ... T.V. Weather Man
Tony Gibson ... Club Thug
Cynthia Huerta Cynthia Huerta ... Therapist
Teresa Jolie ... Extra
Dora Madison ... Student (as Madison Burge)
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When a 17-old boy loses his mother to suicide, he struggles with her death and the secret that plagued their family. Written by Kat Candler

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Jumping Off Bridges on Reel 13
20 November 2008 | by eplromeo8See all my reviews

It stands to reason, I suppose, that a movie about depression is one of the most depressing movies I've ever seen. JUMPING OFF BRIDGES, which aired last night on Reel 13, adds insult to injury, however, by not even being a good movie about depression. It is slow, boring, quiet, sparse, ill-conceived and with one exception, poorly acted. I was counting the minutes until it was over (I suppose I could have turned it off, but something in my DNA insists that I watch movies all the way through).

Overall, the downfall of JUMPING OFF BRIDGES is that it isn't very natural in any way. The unnaturally sparse production design can be forgiven in most indies – it's a byproduct of low budget cinema, but unnatural writing/performances are less justifiable. Chiefly, it is the quietness of the film that doesn't ring true. I've always suggested less is more, but director Kat Candler took that concept to an extreme and divorced the film from any energy or any sense of life surrounding the primary characters and hence left the film devoid of the verisimilitude that I believe she was aiming for.

The film deals with four teenagers who cope with a series of tragic events, but the kids don't seem to have any acting training, which can work out fine (see THE 400 BLOWS or May 17th's RAISING VICTOR VARGAS). However, given the emotional territory that these kids were asked to explore, I wonder that it wouldn't have benefited the film to cast young actors with more experience. The film is anchored by the fine performance of Michael Emerson as the father of the main boy. He seems to be the only real actor in the film. While he is best known for his work on LOST, I personally still can't get his performance as Oscar Wilde in the 1997 off-Broadway play GROSS INDECENCY out of my head. As good as I know he is, I still see his Wilde in everything he does, which can be distracting.

Of course, none of the actors are helped by the awfully simplistic writing – there's very little complexity or depth to the scenes. It seems to me that Ms. Candler, who also served as the screenwriter, had a mission or a point to make before she had a story to tell. In other words, I suspect that her life or family has been touched with issues of depression and suicide and she had something to say about it; something to tell the world and she shaped her story around that concept. One has to be careful when approaching a project that way because one can get so wrapped up in what they want to preach that they neglect the basics of strong storytelling. The result is what you get with JUMPING OFF BRIDGES – a glorified after-school special.

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10 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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$100,000 (estimated)
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