Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou
Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 2013. Mymy Productions, Tangerine Entertainment. Screenplay by Huck Botko, Emily Wachtel, based on an idea by Caroline Sherman. Cinematography by Ben Kutchins. Produced by Adam Gibbs, Amy Hobby, Emily Wachtel. Music by Craig Wedren. Production Design by John Lavin. Costume Design by Rebecca Luke. Film Editing by Meg Reticker. Toronto International Film Festival 2013.
Toni Collette plays a columnist for a Seattle music magazine whose lifestyle of getting drunk with rockers and infuriating her boss with her inability to meet deadlines is starting to get old. She isn’t getting any younger herself, and her editor (Oliver Platt) is having a difficult time keeping her on staff given that she is starting to lose her relevance with readers, so as a last-ditch effort to save her job makes a suggestion for her next story. As her career was founded on her having once been the girlfriend of a star musician who disappeared ten years earlier, long thought dead but rumoured to be wandering the country somewhere, why not investigate and find out if he really did throw himself off a waterfall? What at first seems like a simple case of rifling through clues and getting to the bottom of the story ends up being a messy wild goose chase that also involves a hot young street musician (Ryan Eggold) who catches her eye, and an oddball millionaire (a terrific Thomas Haden Church) who agrees to finance her search in return for letting him make a documentary about her experience. It’s funny in all the right places, smartly directed and benefits greatly from the incredible charisma that Collette has on screen, plus features a winning soundtrack and warm affection for all of its characters.