MONKEY REVIEW: Wristcutters: A Love Story

March 29, 2008

Amiable, if slight, fantasy, adapted from a short story by Etgar Keret by writer/director Goran Dukic, about an afterlife for suicides that’s “just a little worse” than the lives they left behind. The landscape of this afterlife is bleak and almost colorless, it’s littered with junk and wreckage, and it’s hot. The inhabitants, who still bear the signs of their method of “offing” themselves, can’t smile. Into this world goes Zia (Patrick Fugit), who has cut his wrists after his relationship with his girlfriend, Desiree (Leslie Bibb), ends. When he discovers that she, too, has entered this afterlife, he goes on the road with a Russian ex-rock singer, Eugene (Shea Whigman) to find her, eventually picking up a hitchhiker named Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon), who insists she’s there by mistake and wants to take her case up with “the people in charge.” Though it’s in a comic mode, Wristcutters: A Love Story is only occasionally laugh out loud funny. Mostly, it settles for being whimsical and amusing, but it’s made watchable by the very appealing cast, which also includes Tom Waits, John Hawkes and Will Arnett. And if it goes all gooey-eyed by the end, well, it is subtitled “a love story,” after all.

MONKEY RATING: THREE MONKEYS

(For a brief explanation of the Monkey Review rating system, click here.)

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