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Wristcutters: A Love Story
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05.01.2008 By: Quigles
Wristcutters: A Love Story order
Director:
Goran Dukic

Actors:
Patrick Fugit
Shannyn Sossamon
Tom Waits

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A lovelorn young man commits suicide only to find himself in a world that's essentially the same as the one he tried to leave... except slightly worse in every way.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Suicide may not seem like the most fitting subject matter for a comedy/romance/fantasy, but WRISTCUTTERS manages to combine all three with relative ease. In fact, the premise itself qualifies as one of the most strangely compelling I've seen in some time, presenting its own twist on the afterlife (specifically, what would happen to you if you offed yourself) that's as bleak as it is funny. The only problem is, the film has almost no idea what to do with it. The whole scenario is set up perfectly, and just as you're getting excited to see where they're going with it, the film devolves into an overly familiar indie road movie with a few random quirky elements thrown in. It's not bad by any means, but I couldn't get past that irking feeling that there was a lot of potential going to waste. Seeing the always amazing Will Arnett show up for about five minutes without being given the opportunity to do anything memorable didn't help matters.

Problems aside, WRISTCUTTERS is still worth watching, particularly for those with an appreciation for offbeat indie films. And don't let the title fool you—the film's actually sweeter than it is melancholic.
THE EXTRAS
A basic but welcome assortment of features.

Audio Commentary (with director Goran Dukic, actors Patrick Fugit and Mikal Portnol Lazarev, and producer Tatiana Kelly)

Making the Final Cut: The Wriscutters Journey (8:00): Short, but definitely more interesting than your average making-of featurette.

Deleted Scenes (15:00): A number of minor excited scenes that, while not adding anything much, are worth briefly glancing at.

Director's Storyboard Look-In (2:00): Just storyboards. Nothing special.

Also included are Patrick Fugit's On-Set Photo Gallery and Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The execution may not live up the premise, but WRISTCUTTERS still makes for an entertaining road movie, as well as a surprisingly charming little love story.
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