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Brightest Star (2013)

TV-14 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 31 January 2014 (USA)
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After the heartbreaking end of his first love, a recent college graduate sets out to win back the girl of his dreams only to discover a greater journey awaits him.


Maggie Kiley


Maggie Kiley (screenplay), Matthew Mullen (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Lowell ... The Boy
Rose McIver ... Charlotte Cates
Jessica Szohr ... Lita Markovic
Alex Kaluzhsky ... Ray
Clark Gregg ... Mr. Markovic
Allison Janney ... The Astronomer
Elvy Yost ... Jodi
Peter Jacobson ... Dr. Lambert
Todd Weeks ... Jeff
Mando Alvarado ... Juan
Jason Ralph ... Gary
Jeffrey Addiss ... Tokagawa
Marcus Lorenzo Marcus Lorenzo ... Alpha Co-Worker
Roevely Rancell Roevely Rancell ... Beta Co-Worker
Ariya Ghahramani ... Gaurav


After the heartbreaking end of his first love, a recent college graduate sets out to win back the girl of his dreams only to discover a greater journey awaits him.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

31 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Light Years See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Maggie Kiley's feature directorial debut. See more »


[first lines]
The Boy: I always imagined there'd be a time in my life where everything would line up and the universe would reveal its plan to me. What was once confusing and overwhelming would reassemble into something so clear and so bright, there's no way I wouldn't know what to do. And I guess you could say that's what happened.
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Ever heard of an existentialist romcom?
14 December 2014 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

People (myself included) often hear the word "existentialist" and start thinking about dark, brooding, nihilistic philosophies amounting to something like "life sucks and then you die." Sure, that's a rich tradition amongst existentialists, but there's another side of the coin.

The core theme of existentialism is the idea that we exist in an unfathomable universe without any predetermined right/wrong, and it is up to each of us to determine for ourselves what right/wrong is. That's what "Brightest Star" tackles in the guise of a romance about a guy trying to win back his ex-soulmate. It uses a poignant, recurring metaphor of the stars. The guy goes through life believing that "the brightest star" will one day appear and show him exactly what to do. But for some reason that star eludes him.

If you go into this expecting a standard romcom, you'll phase out by the 2nd act. If you're looking for a tidy Hollywood story with an eventful plot and bang finish, you'll end up hurling your popcorn at the screen. But if you're up for a challenging look at "finding your way" in love, life and logic, then this film delivers.

Some films are like freight trains, picking up momentum toward a singular destination. Other films take a deliberately wandering approach, with frequent jumps in the timeline, or episodic events that seem unrelated to each other. "Brightest Star" falls squarely into the 2nd category with the likes of other fragmented, soul-searching films like "(500) Days of Summer", "Forrest Gump" and even "Citizen Kane".

This is quite a bold directorial debut from Maggie Kelly, certainly not designed to be a crowd pleaser, but for those of you who stray off the beaten path into unwritten territory (like the main character who, if you notice, doesn't even have a name) then this film is for you.

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