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Touch & Go (2003)
Pretentious mid-life crisis movie for those approaching 30
I wanted to like this movie, but everything about it had the faint scent of "seen it before". Basically it's about a trio of friends approaching 30, all making big decisions about their lives and which direction to take. Commitment-phobia and career questions abound, and at 98 minutes, this film is way too long, and the characters all speak in that annoying, stream-of-consciousness manner that seems so effective on paper, but it is a chore to sit through on film. The lead character of Darcy is the worst, with every line reading sprinkled with "um" and so much stammering, you just want him to get on with it. Lynn, the female protagonist, is whiny and uninteresting, and I just didn't buy her relationship with Peter, the self-absorbed actor (just one stereotype of many this film employs).
The worst thing about this film is the director seems to be making moral judgments about his characters, the worst being towards Darcy. He lacks both ambition and direction, and cannot commit to a relationship (to which he receives endless criticism throughout the film), and this is yet another film that says you can't be happy unless you find true love with a heterosexual partner. Why not be original and have a movie that allows the character to be non-monogamous, but still content?
Ellen Page is featured in an early role as Darcy's confidant, yet the film never explains why an almost-30-year-old would be hanging out with a teenager. It comes off as creepy rather than humorous (which the film wants). Page's character sounds more like a 40-year-old psychiatrist than a teenager, and she's just a listening board for the shallow musings of Darcy.