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Jerome's Razor (2002)

A young man's search for meaning takes him west and on a dangerous hike into the wilderness.


John Swon


John Swon


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Credited cast:
Doug Aamoth Doug Aamoth ... Denny
Hillary Churchill ... Employee
Brian Collins Brian Collins ... V.P.'s son
Shad Cooper Shad Cooper ... Dunn
Marcus Edward Marcus Edward ... Jerome
Keli Ferrier Keli Ferrier ... August
Mark Parrish ... Thomas
Chayo Smith Chayo Smith ... Kelly
Jon Stentz Jon Stentz ... Will


Jerome is stuck. Stuck in a dead-end, underpaying job, stuck in a cubicle next to an obnoxious, unqualified co-worker, and stuck in an office romance that is getting him nowhere. Promotions come and go, and Jerome remains stuck in his unfulfilled position. Somewhere, at the end of all this work and monotony, lies something greater, Jerome keeps telling himself. But as each day goes by, Jerome slips deeper into depression and desperation, constantly at his real purpose. Frustrated and unfulfilled, Jerome hops in his truck and begins traveling west - away from the world that had left him miserable day after day. He's on a mission to discover how much more there is to life. Deep in the mountains of New Mexico, Jerome meets the mystical mountain climber, Thomas who may hold the key to Jerome's salvation. Thomas promises Jerome the revelations he seeks, but only if he can survive the climb. Written by john103179

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Title of the film comes from the methodological principle of "Occam's Razor" founded by English Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher William of Ockham. See more »

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4 December 2012 | by jswon-546-760631See all my reviews

I like indies and this film came up in my amazon queue. The rental was cheap while I can't say I loved the film, it got me thinking a lot longer than I would have expected.

The movie's philosophical core is strong and struck a cord for a guy working 50-60 hrs a week and wondering if it's getting him anywhere. Jerome seems perhaps too weak a character to fully flush out the feelings of loss, desire, ambition, and frustration that are hinted at in the first 30mins. Although maybe that's the point as Jerome stands in for the "everyman." All the reviews I've read really talk about how much the film changes about a half hr in and they're right. The philosophical bend tries to get stronger but becomes weaker as Jerome attempts to get answers to his concerns about his life's meaning. The Occam's Razor aspect cuts best here (pun intended, I'm sorry) as Jerome keeps stripping away the reasons for his misery until he finds the core somewhere in the mountains.

No one has really commented on the supporting cast, and it's an uneven bunch. The actors in the first half hr are good (the guy playing Jerome's co-worker is a riot), but the actors for the rest of the film are pretty weak. But I think that's also a reflection of a script that has a great first, a weak second act and a non-existent third.

Still, I was left thinking about my own life decisions and the film hung around with me for quite a while afterwards.

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15 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »


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$30,000 (estimated)
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