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Written by Hisham Qaddoumi   
Tuesday, 10 March 2009 01:22
My Sassy GirlA Personal View

It is really amazing that art succeeds when politics fails. It proves that we are all as similar and it does not matter who we are as long as we are humans. This is another American movie taken from a Japanese story besides the well known “Shall We Dance” that was also taken from a Japanese movie as well.

This movie talks, as I felt personally, about guys like me. People who seek both love and friendship. Commitment and freedom. Sane and madness. People who want their other half to accept us as we are as well as they well accept them as they are. Simple but deep, comedy but tragic, bright though there is a lot of blackness in it. This is how I describe this movie.

I could not help myself from being stunned by the unexpected performance from the young actress “Elisha Cuthbert”. This gorgeous Canadian girl, who got well known for her famous role as “Kim Bauer” in “24” TV show, has really caught the eyes in this movie. Jesse Bradford, who I noticed in his noticeable role in “Happy Endings”, was also a piece of art in this movie. The story seemed to be written for these two actors in particular.

The Story

A guy who did not have a lot of relationships in his life for two reasons: He wants to accomplish something his simple parents always looked forward to, and to find the real thing that makes his heart beats and his mind shakes.

He bumped into her in a subway platform but he previously saw her in the street from a far away distance. Planning to go to pay condolences for his aunt after his cousin died, his plans changed when tries to help her after she fells drunk in the platform. Ruining his aunts plans for a preplanned meeting with a girl his aunt believes would be perfect for him.

Things evolve but no physical relationship; the girl is insane but cannot afford to leave her. He has 8 reasons to break up with her and only one to stay: “He’s in love with her”.

The Complex

Shall he stay with her or leave her? She is insane but mysteriously attractive. She has a deep secret inside that he wishes to know but do not care if he did not. Her father tries to keep him away, his friend advises him to stay away from her, his own mind tells him that he must walk away but his very own heart insists on sticking up to her.

All the things she asked him to do, bossing around with him, seem annoying but sweet. He does not want to obey but he does, he does not want to even listen but her voice is louder than to be ignored. He cannot understand why she does these things, or why she keeps him in distance but he keeps things the way she likes and leaves the judgment away.

The Ending

As a classic romance the movie ends “romantically” but in a bizarre way. You expect the movie to end several times before the actual ending, and the ending, somehow, brings you back to the beginning. I will leave this part for you to discover what I meant and how this can happen.

The Making

The makers did not want to make it complex. The movie kept simple and kept the same story as the original Japanese movie. No big thoughts to keep or complicated lessons to learn. It is made as a story that you might want to watch with someone you love on a cold winter night by the fire place, just enjoying a story that will brighten your evening.

Movie Info

Director: Yann Samuell
Writers: Victor Levin (screenplay), Jae-young Kwak (earlier screenplay)
Release Date: 26 June 2008 (Thailand) more
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
Rating: Rated PG-13 for language, thematic material and some sexual content.
Runtime: 92 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
Company: CJ Entertainment
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DVD Info

Actors: Jesse Bradford, Joanna Gleason, Elisha Cuthbert, Austin Basis
Directors: Yann Samuell
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
Run Time: 95 minutes
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Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2009 22:08

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