MOVIE REVIEW: Wristcutters: A Love Story


This was the first movie review that I ever did, so I just want to point out two things: 1. It’s really short, and 2. The writing might be a little…elementary.  But I really enjoyed writing this and thats why i continue to do it. Enjoy and tell me what you think; Has my writing improved or not?


First and foremost,  Wristcutters: A Love Story is unlike any love story you have ever seen. I mean yeah, every year theres that cutesy little indie love story that is made and for some reason it becomes the talk of all the film festivals and everyone falls in love with it. This movie got that same attention but for whatever reason not a lot of people have heard of it, which I find criminal.

Wristcutters takes place in A limbo/purgatory type place where people who commit suicide go. Among the people who are here are Zia (Patrick Fugit) and Eugene (Shea Whigham), who we are introduced to at the beginning of the film. Both characters spend their days drinking and spending time with each other. One day Zia meets someone he used to know when he was alive and learns that his girlfriend who he cannot stop thinking about actually killed herself and is somewhere in this strange limbo place. Eugene and Zia set off in a road trip where they come across Mikal (played by the very talented and stunning Shannyn Sossamon) who joins them on the journey, as she is seeking out the “people in charge” because she says she didn’t kill herself. Along the way they meet many strange and quirky characters, including a mysterious man who runs a tenement camp named Kneller that is portrayed brilliantly by Tom Waits. When Zia finally does find his girlfriend he learns that he is torn between her and his new friend Mikal.

There was a lot to like about this film. Fugit and Whigham portray the friendship between Zia and Eugene brilliantly and convincingly. And what can I say about Shannyn Sossamon. Theres a reason she is one of my favorite actresses of all time and this movie displays her talents amazingly. The rest of the supporting cast is also really good as is the quirky latino music that is featured throughout the film. The only real thing that i found a problem with was at the end of the film there is a 5 to 7 minute period of confusing events that iron themself out at the very end.

If you are looking for a fun and interesting black comedy, suggest you give give this a chance.



One Response to “MOVIE REVIEW: Wristcutters: A Love Story”

  1. The purgatorial premise is pleasingly eccentric but, in the end, Wristcutters falls victim to its washed-out mood, and limps bloodlessly to a close. Good review, check out mine when you can!

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