Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) requested by Tara
We open to a recently dumped Zia, who is cleaning his mess of his apartment, he want’s it to be spotless before he slits his wrists and kills himself in his bathroom. We are then transported a few months into the future to a purgatory of sorts, filled with fellow suicides all living out a normal life with jobs and friends. Zia befriends Eugene, a Ruskie, whose entire family has committed suicide at one time or another. While shuffling through the afterlife, Zia learns that his ex has killed herself as well, so he recruits Eugene to go on a road-trip to find his lost love. Along the way they pick up a pixie-cutted hitchhiker named Mikaland continue their journey. Through a series of adventures they learn that their newest companion shouldn’t be there (or so she claims), she wasn’t a suicide, and that almost everyone in this purgatory seems to be out of a David Lynch movie. We won’t give away the ending, but as things come to a head, they only get stranger as we meet a man looking for his dog and another guy who claims to be the messiah.
Alex’s Thoughts: Just based on the summary on Netflix, I kept putting this one off; it just didn’t sound like something I would enjoy. I finally broke down and watched, and it ended up being not too bad. The story was unique and the characters were easy to like, and you can’t help but root for Zia to find his gf. The presentation of muted colors got a little old after a while, but cameos from Nick Offerman and Will Arnett kept me going. Alex Rates This Movie 7/10
Tim’s Thoughts: I was impressed the with unique and interesting setting, but after a while it seemed to become a bit predictable, and ran out of steam. Worth watching just for the setting and the characters, but by the end I was more than ready to be done. That being said, give it a watch, you may be surprised. Tim Rates This Movie 7/10
“Who the hell likes being stuck in a place where you can’t even smile? It’s hot as balls, everybody’s an asshole. I just wanna go home.”