Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2005. 2929 Productions, HDNet Films, Headquarters. Screenplay by Barry Stringfellow. Cinematography by Chris Norr. Produced by Jason Kliot, Susan A. Stover, Joana Vicente. Music by Anton Sanko. Production Design by Stephen Beatrice. Costume Design by Jill Newell. Film Editing by Michael Berenbaum. Toronto International Film Festival 2005.
Michael Angarano plays a sixteen year-old boy who is dying of cancer. A local wish-granting foundation has decided to make his dream of going fishing with his favourite football star (Johnny Messner) come true, but he announces at the last minute on television that what he really wants is to spend a weekend with a famous supermodel (Sunny Mabrey). What follows from there is a sometimes touching but mostly unbelievable collection of tear-jerker clichés, with improbable plot twists and hokey touches of the supernatural constantly getting in the way of what could have been much more moving. The best moments seem to happen by accident, especially the scenes involving Angarano and Cynthia Nixon as his mother (her ability to feel deep emotions and hold them back at the same time is so impressive that it’s almost a shame that the movie isn’t about her). Gina Gershon is also a standout as Mabrey’s driven and compassionate but also ruthless modeling agent. Director Alex Steyermark obviously means well, but he should have exercised more control over the ridiculous elements of the story and not indulged in low-brow teen humour every time he wanted the film to feel real.