Brightest Star (2014)
Average Rating: 4.2/10
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Average Rating: 2.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Fresh out of college, a young man (Chris Lowell) is left devastated when the girl of his dreams dumps him. Refusing to move on, he devises a plan to transform himself into the man she desires. After resigning himself to working for the head of a company in corporate mediocrity (Clark Gregg), he falls for a hipster songstress (Jessica Szohr) who likes him as he is. As his path continues to unfold unexpectedly, the counsel of a kindred spirit astronomer (Allison Janney) helps him understand how to
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Lowell's considerable charm goes a long way toward filling in the gaps and the story's emphasis on self-discovery over romantic couplings supplies enough interest to sustain the brisk 80-minute running time.
Gives us a story of love among 20-somethings without telling us enough about the main characters to indicate why we should care about their perfectly ordinary entanglements.
Straining to meld a love triangle with an astronomy lesson, the rom-com "The Brightest Star" disappears into a black hole of cliché.
Far from burning bright, this earnest indie starts out dull and gets duller.
It's either much smarter and more profound than it's letting on, or it doesn't add up to anything at all. Or maybe both - it's all relative.
The chief problem is that no matter what the nameless dude is up to, it hardly seems to matter.
Notable for its effective performances and for the sincerity with which it tries to capture the confusion of young adulthood, but it often chooses simplicity over depth.
This is a movie that so privileges the perspective of the good-looking foofy-haired white male that it makes you understand the absolutely pejorative aspect of the term "heteronormative."
Brightest Star is a dim boy-meets-girl relationship drama that is low on conflict and charm, despite a relatable premise and a strong young ensemble.
For all the Hollywood obsession with high-concept and special effects, sometimes there's something enchanting about a simple story simply told, and a movie of small rather than grand gestures.
Nicely acted coming-of-age story feels oddly dated and lacks resonance.
[It] wants to speak some hard truths about contemporary relationships, but the film views its lovers through the sort of gauzy, endlessly forgiving lens employed by facile romcoms.
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