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Super Reviewer
January 17, 2008
It's a bit bizarre but not totally regretful at all to see one's favourite author hit the small and big silver screen. It's strange, he's got a show on the telly, is a successful author and now this...a screenplay turned movie. Enough chatting about Coupland...more of this film...yes?

So, it starts out with Ryan who works at a mediocre job doing well 'a mediocre job' until the company finds his poetry on the computer and suspends him for his 'dark images' which they would happily help out by 'paying for a therapist'. Completely, dumbfounded he goes to pack up his stuff and then gets a strange call from his parents. His mother is telling him, 'you've got to come home now!' Hearing shouting in the background he inquires as to what's going on only to hear, 'we've won the lottery! Come home now!' Completely ecstatic he throws his junk off his desk and tells his cubicle-mate to have whatever the hell he wants 'cause he won't need it anymore.

When he gets home, his house is in a state of disarray everyone is searching frantically for the winning ticket his father misplaced! Finally, after much searching it comes up and they ring the lottery line to hear that unfortunately they didn't win? To make things stranger, he gets offered a job from the guy on the phone.

His brother - scamming the real estate business hooks him up with a building no one lives in, and he sets off for his job interview. On the way over, he hears on the radio of a beached whale and makes a giant detour to check out the scene. At the same time, he meets a girl who ruins his photo-taking skills and the two start talking. After much interesting conversation, he realizes he's LATE for the interview! And scrambles over there as fast as he can, and strangely enough gets the job by just sitting in a chair and smiling like an idiot.

If you don't think it's pretty intense already, wait until what happens when he starts working there and all the sort of hijinx he gets up to by just associating himself with certain people.

This is truly Coupland, through and through. Poignant, complex [yet simple] and completely profound with the strangest sense of humour.

This is a story of how to literally say 'FUCK THE SYSTEM' and then learn...maybe that's too big of an idea for anyone to take on without consequence.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ February 28, 2008
[font=Century Gothic]"Everything's Gone Green" starts with 29-year old technical writer Ryan(Paulo Costanzo) being dumped by his girlfriend, followed by his being suspended from his job for writing bad poetry on company time. Eventually, he gets a new job interviewing and photographing lottery winners, even after he is late to the interview because of a beached whale where he meets Ming(Steph Song), a winsome set designer. For his new job, Ryan is required to learn Mandarin.(The movie is set in Canada where it is possible people want to learn a second language.)[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Everything's Gone Green" is an amusing and insightful satire of materialism and its concomitant conformity that after a frenetic start, eventually settles into a pleasant groove. In the end, money does not mean a thing if you do not have a life and a job you love. Ming is the only character with a satisfying job, working in the burgeoning film industry of Vancouver.(Hopefully, when the extraterrestrials come to this planet, they will realize there is more to earth than just Vancouver and Cardiff.) So, it is amazing how far people will scheme to gain more money, including the purchasing of insane amounts of lottery tickets with little chance of any return.[/font]
Super Reviewer
March 12, 2007
Moderately interesting thirtysomething dramedy is nothing new.
Super Reviewer
½ August 5, 2009
Entertaining movie about the monotony of everyday life, 9to-5s and the temptation of branching out into socially unacceptable jobs as well as the allure of winning the Lottery (without necessarily knowing the pitfalls). Paulo Costanzo is very endearing, you can't help but root for the guy because he seems so nice. Director Paul Fox understood that not everyone is going to be a millionaire, that sometimes there's nothing wrong with an albeit monotonous but stable job.
July 31, 2007
A wonderful movie a la Garden State. Things are a little strange in poor Ryan's life. He gets dumped by his girlfriend, kicked out of his apartment, and fired in one fun filled morning. He later finds that his best friend is running a drug ring and that his parents are growing weed in their basement.
August 7, 2007
An odd but interesting comedy that I actually enjoyed. Not horrible but not great. Very watchable though.
½ January 15, 2011
SOME amazingly beautiful shots of Vancouver. Incredibly so. Bad parts include the fact that Copeland has reused some many of his ideas in other books as well as this screenplay.
½ October 3, 2009
I gave this movie a 7. It was really funny and had a really good plot.
½ August 6, 2009
Ok set in lovely gloomy Vancouver about a lottery winner/writer
Come on Canadian shite,ka-ka,shit,poop this is a typically done bad movie why do we continue to produce this sub-par
crap....
Newsflash the west coast is more than green peace/pot smokers..
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ February 28, 2008
[font=Century Gothic]"Everything's Gone Green" starts with 29-year old technical writer Ryan(Paulo Costanzo) being dumped by his girlfriend, followed by his being suspended from his job for writing bad poetry on company time. Eventually, he gets a new job interviewing and photographing lottery winners, even after he is late to the interview because of a beached whale where he meets Ming(Steph Song), a winsome set designer. For his new job, Ryan is required to learn Mandarin.(The movie is set in Canada where it is possible people want to learn a second language.)[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Everything's Gone Green" is an amusing and insightful satire of materialism and its concomitant conformity that after a frenetic start, eventually settles into a pleasant groove. In the end, money does not mean a thing if you do not have a life and a job you love. Ming is the only character with a satisfying job, working in the burgeoning film industry of Vancouver.(Hopefully, when the extraterrestrials come to this planet, they will realize there is more to earth than just Vancouver and Cardiff.) So, it is amazing how far people will scheme to gain more money, including the purchasing of insane amounts of lottery tickets with little chance of any return.[/font]
September 3, 2007
No comedy displayed at all. Unwatchable and unfunny. If your looking for something funny, avoid this disaster and save your money for other stoner comedies that are at least worth a look. 1/5
July 27, 2007
I very much enjoyed the film, especially the characters, which are so well developed. The acting is very good, nicely written with a good story. The location filming is a plus as well.
½ April 10, 2007
[font=Tms Rmn][size=3]** EVERYTHING'S GONE GREEN - A slacker in Vancouver loses his job [/size][size=3]and his girl in 1 day and then tries to get his life together. It's a deadpan "comedy" [/size][size=3]in the style of "Garden State" and "Napoleon Dynamite", so it's an acquired taste. [/size][size=3]Maybe it's a generational thing, but I haven't acquired it. Not great, not terrible.With [/size][size=3]Paulo Costanzo and Steph Song, it opens 4/13 in NYC, a week later elsewhere.[/size]

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