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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.

Director:

Maggie Kiley

Writers:

Maggie Kiley (screenplay), Matthew Mullen (screenplay)

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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
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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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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

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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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Version of Some Boys Don't Leave (2009) See more »

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The Perfect Sound
Written by Justin Robert Bates and Aaron Ray Buckley
Performed by Ring A Ling Music
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A meandering romantic drama about losing love and finding yourself
3 February 2014 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Brightest Star" is an indie romantic drama about the journey of winning back the love of your life versus finding yourself. The Boy (Chris Lowell) loved Charlotte (Rose McIver) and lost Charlotte, and now he's lost himself and will do whatever it takes to get her back. That's right, our lead character doesn't have a name but every other main character does. If you haven't figured it out yet, he doesn't know himself very well.

Some of the early sequences are out of chronological order, but it's not difficult to figure out where we're at. He was with Charlotte and now he's not. The film seems to revel in its independence with many close-up shots of the characters deep in thought with nondescript music playing in the background. It's a meandering tale of losing your first love and then finding yourself.

The over-arching element of the story is of the universe. The boy is a liberal arts grad but is really interested in astronomy and he wants the universe to guide him in making the right decisions. As he explains in the opening narration, you could say it does, but I really hoped he eventually figured out how stupid he was being. The whole physics/universe angle is starting to become greatly over-used in recent indie romantic dramas and comedies, so it just doesn't feel all that fresh anymore.

The writing was decent and the acting was good, but there's nothing to elevate the film to a higher level. The boy goes from meaningless job to meaningless job because he just doesn't know what to do and it takes him a while to figure out how to win back Charlotte. I never understood why he wanted Charlotte back in the first place. We never got to know her and only saw her treat him terribly. But the point isn't to get to know the characters. The point is that The Boy could be any boy, and every boy has a Charlotte. And every Charlotte is different except that they don't love the boy anymore.

I needed "Brightest Star" to tell a more specific story. Preferably one where the boy wasn't so clueless and didn't need the universe to tell him what to do.


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