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A Crooked Somebody (2017)

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An attention-seeking psychic is kidnapped and tries to use the situation to boost his popularity.

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Trevor White

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Andrew Zilch
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Credited cast:
Ed Harris
Amanda Crew ... Stacy
Michael Mosley ... Bill Banning
Joanne Froggatt
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Nathan
Gillian Vigman ... Monica Lewis
Rich Sommer ... Michael Vaughn
Amy Madigan
Paul Ben-Victor ... Detective Zimmer
Audrey Wasilewski ... Cynthia
Randee Heller ... Phylis
Toni Torres ... Maria
Greg Audino ... Det. Rabe
Brandon Morales ... Jim
Nicola Lambo ... Pauline Williams
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An attention-seeking psychic is kidnapped and tries to use the situation to boost his popularity.

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Better to be an honest nobody than a crooked somebody.

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Rated R for language and brief violence

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA

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3 October 2018 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The lust for fame is really just a plea for acceptance. In director Trevor White's film, the lead character, Michael Vaughn, wreaks of desperation for acceptance ... from the public, from his associate, and mostly from his Pastor-Dad. Unfortunately, the path Vaughn chooses is simply the first of many bad decisions. In fact, the film is really a chronicle of the downward spiral of Michael Vaughn's bad decisions.

Rich Sommer (Harry Crane in "Mad Men") plays Michael Vaughn, a psychic who tours the country peddling his book and his "act". And yes, it's an act. It's such an act, that it could be considered a scam. However, Michael focuses on connecting the living with their beloved dead ones, so his (sparse) audience is filled with those who want to believe he is legitimate. His assistant-associate-accomplice-would be and one time lover is played by Joanne Froggatt. Her job is to prevent Michael from becoming despondent over the lack of book sales, and also to be his audience-plant when a session gets stalled.

The bulk of the story revolves around Nathan (Clifton Collins, Jr), a man who believes Vaughn has connected to a man Nathan killed. In trying to clear his conscience, Nathan wants Vaughn to use his talents to help Stacy (Amanda Crew), the now-grown daughter of the man Nathan killed. Instead of focusing on "helping" those involved, Vaughn seizes the opportunity to put himself in the spotlight ... gaining notoriety as the psychic who helped solve a long-ago murder case. And no, this isn't the final bad decision Vaughn makes. He manages to make things much worse.

Real life married couple Ed Harris and Amy Madigan play Vaughn's parents - the one's he so wants to win respect from. The script from writer Andrew Zilch offers some pretty decent on screen tension, though it strains a bit too much in places - even with a worthy and relatable central idea. It's human nature to desire acceptance (especially from loved ones) ... though it takes a flawed personality to strive for fame and celebrity (especially at the cost of core values). Here's hoping you don't see too much of yourself in Michael Vaughn.


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