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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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Supremely awful. The dullest star in this year's galaxy. A career ender for Chris Lowell.

Rather than subject yourself to this train wreck of a movie, I recommend doing a chore you absolutely abhor. This way you will accomplish something & not waste 80 minutes of life on this meandering movie. Cleaning gutters immediately comes to mind.

Rose McIver is a beautiful young actress that has yet to find a movie to do her justice. This had the screen time, but little else to forward her career. Chris Lowell wants desperately to be Jake Gylenhall, but aside from few physical similarities (good looks, not one of them) he epically fails. His acting was plain awful. He exuded energy that made you wish you were anywhere else. The script may have called for a confused young man, but he came across as an arrogant guy in real life trying to quash that arrogance in pursuing his futile attempt to convey other emotions. Plus, few things grate on one's nerves like an arrogant actor with no talent or reason to be so.

The story felt like a folded up tent, many lines of direction jumbled into a fantastic mess. There were no redeeming qualities to be found, and I looked quite intently & thoroughly. I rate it 2/10 stars because Rose McIver is beautiful & I feel sorry that she was in this movie versus almost any other. She was cheated, and hopefully she will bounce back & achieve her potential. There was no brightness to this star except the wonderful release I felt when it ended. Be warned, watching this in it's entirety may give even pacifists the desire to hurt something or someone. I've done my best to be fair & mild in this review.

Knox D. Alford, III

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