Wristcutters, A Love Story: Review from My Netflix Queue

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If you’re like me, nothing sends you running from a movie faster than phrases like:

…starring Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey


…starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey


…starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey

Collectively, these idiots have ruined the genre of romantic comedy. Or maybe the genre was already ruined by a boring formula that never changes: girl is a photographer/fashion designer/wedding planner/celebrity assistant. Girl meets Matthew McConaughey. Girl stares hard into the distance. McConaughey charms girl using phrases like, “Aw shucks, buttercup, why don’t you slap some jam on my bread,” or “Easy little filly, you go on stompin’ them hooves any harder and you’re like to break my heart.” Girl marries idiot. The end.

Which is why a romantic comedy like Wristcutters: A Love Story, is so refreshing. Maybe it takes a movie about suicide to bring the romance back to this tired genre. Wristcutters is set in a world populated by all the people who’ve ever committed suicide. It’s a bleak, dreary world where the ‘offed’ live otherwise normal existences, working at jobs, eating meals, hanging out at bars, etc. It’s just that they’re all dead.

Patrick Fugit, whom you’ll remember as the kid from Almost Famous, stars as the lovelorn Zia, searching the otherworld for his former girlfriend, whom he’s just discovered killed herself a few months after him. Naturally, as romantic comedies will, this one has a love triangle involving the lovely Shannyn Sossamon, whose ethereal sadness is perfect for this melancholy love tale.

Wristcutters doesn’t break any ground in the love triangle formula, but it’s filled with so much charm, offbeat humor and quirky little joys that you’ll forgive it’s predictability. I can’t remember the last time I actually enjoyed watching one of these movies, but Wristcutters delivered. So the next time you’re looking for a romantic comedy, you can weigh your choices: Suicide or Matthew McConaughey. Really, if you think about it, they’re one in the same.

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