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Grasshopper (2006)

Grasshopper is the tragic story of two people fighting to break down the walls which stand in the way of human communication. Travis hides behind technology, such as cell phones and ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
James Franco ... Travis
Rachel Miner ... Terri
Brad Light ... Ted
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dawn Anderson Dawn Anderson ... Rail Passenger
Rian Bishop ... Rail Passenger
Michael Patrick Breen Michael Patrick Breen ... Rail Passenger
Tanika Brown McKelvy ... Ticket Attendant
Jim Donald Ellis Jim Donald Ellis ... Charlie (as Jim Ellis)
Kristen Endow ... Rail Passenger
Keisuke Hoashi ... Bartender
Jerry Hoffman ... Station Agent
Jasen Salvatore ... Rail passenger
Marcus Wynnycky Marcus Wynnycky ... Rail Passenger
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Grasshopper is the tragic story of two people fighting to break down the walls which stand in the way of human communication. Travis hides behind technology, such as cell phones and computers, to avoid emotional interaction with others. Terri hides behind make-up, high heels and prostitution to avoid emotional interaction with others. Their lives intersect for a brief evening when Terri finds Travis' phone which he left behind on a train. This happy accident brings them together, but by the end of the evening, a tragic event will change them forever. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

9 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$65,000 (estimated)
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Not a bad way to spend 20 minutes!
12 February 2007 | by S. BellSee all my reviews

Travis (James Franco) is a young man riding a train for business reasons (we're to assume) who leaves his beloved phone behind. It gets picked up by a prostitute, Terri (Rachel Miner), and when he goes to her city to pick it up, a series of events occur that are sure to stay with him forever.

Both characters have barriers they've put up to defend themselves from communication. But despite their facades, it's obvious both are eager to bust them down. In total there are about 30 or so spoken lines, but from the way James Franco and Rachel Miner use their faces you might as well turn off the volume, words are unnecessary. A scene to look out for is Terri staring at herself in the mirror. You can just feel her despair permeating the room.

But, the movie isn't perfect. It's mostly filmed using hand-held cameras, which gets a bit distracting. Mainly due to the acting of Mr. Franco and Miner and the photography, the script's flaws don't stand out as much. Still, sometimes it seems as if the story doesn't really know where it wants to go.

All in all, this is the type of film that truly stays with you long after you watched it. An hour after you've seen it, you're still 'what-if'-ing yourself on the behalf of certain characters. It's not flawless, but still leaves you wanting more, wishing it were at least 4x as long.


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