Jen Yamato
Remember Me Review

Jen's Rating:

3.0

Angsty RPattz without the sparkle.

Who's In It: Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Ruby Jerins

The Basics: Tyler (Robert Pattinson) is a dirty, damaged NYU student who chain smokes and beds coeds to amuse his roommate (Tate Ellington), although he's only that way because his rich dad (Pierce Brosnan) is a capitalist jerk and the whole family is still grieving the death of Tyler's older brother. Ally (Emilie de Ravin) is a poor but sunny girl who takes care of her anger-prone cop father (Chris Cooper), although both of them are still grieving her dear dead mother (Martha Plimpton, in a cameo). Needless to say, they're a match made in daddy issues heaven -- until secrets threaten to tear them apart, and an even bigger tragedy interrupts their lives.

What's The Deal: As the first major Robert Pattinson vehicle since the Twilight star's rapid ascension to stardom (the Salvador Dali picture Little Ashes, a bold career move when he filmed it in his pre-Twilight days, didn't get far in theaters), Remember Me is just the kind of character-driven drama Pattinson needed to make to show he's not just all sparkly vampires and tween-safe romance. He stretches admirably to carry this ensemble drama, which hinges on his ability to play emotionally wounded and pensive opposite Pierce Brosnan, kind and protective opposite youngster Ruby Jerins, and sensitive and sexy opposite Emilie de Ravin (which, let's face it, he could pull off in his sleep). This is a film about indie movie clichés like family, forgiveness, and the meaning of life -- and yes, also Pattinson idol worship -- but despite the schmaltzy subject matter and the way in which the story is told, the cast gives committed performances and the filmmakers' intentions feel sincere.

Who Will Love It: Twilight fans will squeal over RPattz every moment of the film, and with good reason; director Allen Coulter washes his beautiful young actor in rays of sunlight that accentuate his fluttery eyelashes, unshaven scruff, and sighing, pouty mouth just so. Adorable moments occur on a regular schedule -- Tyler making Ally a homemade dessert first because that's the way she rolls, Tyler making shadow animals dance across Ally's naked back -- though anyone outside Pattinson's core demographic (read: straight men) might spend these scenes shifting uncomfortably in their chairs waiting for the next explosive confrontation or bromantic conversation to unfold.

Who Might Not Love It: Folks who don't enjoy films about the following: torrid emotions, brooding twentysomethings who journal and wonder about the point of it all, and families who suffer extraordinary amounts of tragedy. Also, actual New Yorkers and anyone who prefers Rob Pattinson looking like he's showered in the last few months (for what it's worth, his famous "sex hair" is on full display here).

The Elephant In The Room: There's a big spoiler that I won't reveal, although suffice to say it's a controversial one that some may take issue with in this fictional tale. For best dramatic effect it's best to go in knowing nothing about it.

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