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Dedication
DVD disk
02.18.2008 By: Quigles
Dedication order
Director:
Justin Theroux

Actors:
Billy Crudup
Mandy Moore
Tom Wilkinson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A sociopathic best selling children's book author has to find a way to work with a reserved female illustrator who's the replacement for his deceased partner.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Meet children's book author Henry Roth. He's a bitter, anti-social, mean-spirited, depressive headcase who suffers an almost limitless number of neuroses and enjoys telling kids there's no Santa Claus. He's also the romantic male lead in DEDICATION. That's right, ladies—prepare to be wooed.

Clearly, this isn't your standard rom-com. It's sort of an arthouse mix of indie quirkiness and a mainstream love story, hitting all the notes you've come to expect from the cliché-ridden genre but with unexpectedly better dialogue and acting. Billy Crudup makes the best of his needlessly combative and excessively obsessive-compulsive character, at times even managing to make him interesting, but you never find yourself rooting for the guy. Given that Mandy Moore, who underplays her character to perfection, is beyond lovable, it's almost frustrating to watch her fall for such a douchebag.

Tom Wilkinson adds some class to the proceedings with his minor yet significant role, and he plays against Crudup well. DEDICATION is at its best when the characters exchange back-and-forth banter, with the script offering a lot in the way of clever dialogue. Actor-turned-director Justin Theroux overplays elements a little too often though, throwing in obnoxious indie tunes and MTV-style editing to symbolize Crudup's character's neurotic attitude. It's not a poorly made film, per se, but subtlety is not its strong suit.
THE EXTRAS
Absolutely nothing.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
DEDICATION offers nothing in the way of an original storyline (boy meets girl, boy and girl don't like each other, boy and girl have sex, boy does something stupid, boy gets back girl in the end), but the writing and acting give it a push in the right direction.
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