Ripple Effect (2008)




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Philippe Caland directs and stars in this karmic drama about a hip, new age clothing designer from Lebanon who attempts to engineer redemption after realizing that a mistake from his past may have destroyed his entire future. Amer Atrash (Caland) is a first generation immigrant who's perpetually on the verge of the American Dream. But despite his repeated attempts to achieve financial success, it seems that complications always arise at the eleventh hour that set him directly back to square one. Now, after years of struggling, Amer is set to debut a cutting edge clothing line that could put him on top of the world. When the rug is pulled out from under Amer's feet once again, his efforts to hustle his way through the predicament ultimately amount to naught. Later, when Amer's wife Sherry (Virginia Madsen) admits that she's been feeling neglected and needs time to decide whether it's worth working to save their marriage, the dejected designer tells her a secret that he's never revealed to another living soul. Fifteen years earlier, Amer was involved in an accident that left a man named Phillip Blackman (Forest Whitaker) wheelchair bound. Could it be that all of Amer's current life problems somehow stem back to that one fateful night? Upon hearing Amer's story, Sherry encourages her husband to seek out Phillip and make amends. Later, after locating Phillip's beautiful wife Kitty (Minnie Driver), Amer begs for forgiveness by citing all the bad things that have happened to him since the accident. When Phillip and Amer set out on a journey designed to alter Amer's current state of mind and finally bring him nearer to enlightenment, the lives of both men are profoundly changed in ways that neither could have ever anticipated.
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Philippe Caland
as Amer Atrash
Kali Rocha
as Alex
Jerry Katell
as Gordon
Kip Pardue
as Tyler
Joanna Krupa
as Victoria
Robin Arcuri
as Andrea
Elena Satine
as Sophia
Sandra Lajer
as Secretary
Bryan Black
as Promoter
Lisa Udasco
as Reporter
Brian Fox
as Ad Executive
William Butterworth
as Ad Executive
Jamie Abrahms
as Ad Executive
Frank Angiuli
as Atrash Staff
Lisa Danielle
as Strash Staff
Ken Sylk
as Ronald
Susan Knego
as Atrash Staff
Denise Crosby
as Ronald's Wife
Melissa Sopousek
as Atrash Staff
Gerard Guez
as Businessman
Kelli Nordhus
as Sylvia
Mohamed Hadid
as Businessman
Diego Brasoli
as Businessman
Michel Nahas
as Businessman
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Critic Reviews for Ripple Effect

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Starts with a not-very-original insight and takes too many shortcuts delivering it.

September 25, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Several ordinarily banal movies soldered into one amazingly bad one.

Full Review… | September 24, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

After a bumpy start, Ripple Effect begins to show why Whitaker, Virginia Madsen and Minnie Driver signed on as executive producers and co-stars.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Kudos to writer/director/co-star Philippe Caland for crafting such a refreshingly unpredictable cautionary tale and for coaxing inspired performances from an A-list cast which inludes by Forest Whitaker, Virginia Madsen and Minnie Driver.

Full Review… | October 7, 2008

Thank God Whitaker is here to bring a bit of real pathos and ambiguity to his role as the spiritual guide who's gained wisdom through adversity, because without his Oscar-winning chops, this exercise in pop mysticism would have been too painful to bear.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Austin Chronicle

I understand Amer is supposed to be going through some sort of spiritual crisis here, but Caland plays him as so self-centered and precious that it's impossible to feel any sympathy for him.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for Ripple Effect


I wanted to like it, and I did. It also kinda sucked. It could have been much better. The main character definitely made me care about him, and Forest did a good job, as usual, but I can think of 15 characters he's played that were more interesting to me. The ending left me wanting and at less than 80 minutes, the length was ridiculous. This was an interesting enough story, but disappointing overall.

Gaspar Oot
Gaspar Oot

Great cure for insomnia...I ignored all warning signs for this stinker due to the seemingly great cast. and I was SOOO wrong.

Alex Baer
Alex Baer

There is no other way to describe this film than - it's boring. It just drags on and on, in spite of some nice performances. The characters are rarely involving, the direction is lethargic.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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