It's the all too familiar coming-of-age story, with an intelligent twentysomething underachiever struggling to find his placement in life. Paulo Costanzo, an actor normally resorted to playing the goofball best friend (or variations thereof), adds an affable charm to the role. Problem is, it's nothing we haven't seen before, and like many movies of this ilk, it tends to meander in its own existential world.
Most of the subplots are fairly interesting and humorous, but occasionally there are ones that either don't go anywhere (like with the empty building - great potential, no payoff) or feel a little too absurd (the Japanese mafia, the parents with the weed, etc.). Taking writing credit is pop culture fiend Douglas Coupland, well known to the literary world as the author of "Generation X" and "Microserfs", offering up here his first screenplay credit. Fans of his work will feel right at home.
Director Paul Fox does well to capture the tone and style of Coupland's writing, though there are times when the production begins to feel amateurish (seemingly due to budget constraints). Thankfully, Fox's eye for working in beautifully framed visuals against the Canadian backdrop more than makes up for it. Even if the film doesn't quite come together as a whole, the sum of its parts is enough to make it all worthwhile.
Audio Commentary (with director Paul Fox and writer Douglas Coupland): A straightforward track that pleases nonetheless. Fox gives insight into all technical aspects of the filmmaking, while Coupland steers the conversations in more story-based directions.
Video Pop-Ups (5:20): Random facts and anecdotes appear on the screen throughout two scenes. Briefly amusing.
Extended Scenes (3:53): There are 2 scenes here, neither of which add much value to the film. One shows a longer conversation with the lead character's boss, and the other shows an uncut version of his break-up.
Musicology: A text listing of the music used in the film. I wish more DVDs would have this.
Special Brownie Recipe: Wanna make some weed brownies? Here's a text recipe telling you how.
Also available are the film's Trailer, a Photo Gallery, and a Poster Gallery.