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Can a girl find romance with a guy who has just buried the love of his life? Carys Reitman (Bijou Phillips) is a young woman who has a hard time connecting with other people, despite her friendly and accepting nature. Carys' problem might have something to do with one of her hobbies -- she likes to attend funerals for people she's never met, something she's done often enough that one of her best friends is a funeral director, Shane (Danny Masterson). One day, Carys is once again paying her respects when she meets Tyler (Ian Somerhalder), a handsome and charming man who was engaged to marry the deceased. Carys finds herself attracted to Tyler and thinks she may have finally found the man who can help her get over her anxieties about others, even though Shane and Lila (Marguerite Moreau), Carys' roommate, are certain pursuing him is a bad idea. As Carys dares to open her heart to Tyler, she also tries to mend her broken relationship with her mother (Jane Seymour). Wake was the opening night feature at the 2009 Cinequest Film Festival.

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Bijou Phillips
as Carys Reitman
Jane Seymour
as Mrs. Reitman
David Zayas
as Detective Grayson
Kevin Alejandro
as Detective Daniels
Ian Gomez
as Gerald Irving
Meagen Fay
as Mrs. Williams
James Eckhouse
as Mr. Williams
Bruno Campos
as Varrnez
Paul Rae
as Officer Dobbs
Christopher Michael
as Officer Davis
Edward Edwards
as Mr. Reitman
Tina Dijosephm
as Receptionist
Nicole Bilderback
as Salesperson
Anne Son
as Cashier
Oren Rehany
as Homeless Man
Gabriel Morales
as Irving's Nephew #1
Luca Oriel
as Irving's Nephew #2
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Looks like I missed reviewing this one. Is a shame, because as it's not fresh in my mind, I can't remember why I was underwhelmed by it. I just remember thinking Bijou is cute, and it's harmless enough, but fell flat or failed to keep my interest.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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A woman who goes to funerals in order to "feel something" and mourn for her sister's long-ago death falls for a dead woman's fiance. I really like the comic, dramatic, and suspenseful possibilities the idea for this film had. A quirky romantic comedy set in a funeral home is a good mix of dark and light-hearted elements. A woman who must go to funerals in order to resolve old wounds falling for an equally damaged man could be heart-warming if handled correctly. And a woman falling for a man who could be his ex-fiancee's killer is also a fine plotline. All of these plots are here, but none is carried well. I knew the performances were too heavy, too aggressive for a good romantic comedy during the very first scene when Phillips and Gomez's characters spar about her presence in the funeral home. He is too aggressive in his pursuit of her, and she responds with equal ire. We then move to the second possibility: the drama about a woman who tries to feel by attending strangers' funerals. But Phillips's performance is too light-hearted, quirky, and aware of her own ridiculousness for us to see her actions as anything other than that which serves the plot. If I met her on the street, I would think of her funeral-going as a contradiction rather than a natural response to her past. And the suspense story hardly picks up any steam until midway through the second act. Overall, Wake is the definition of an uneven film, unsure of what it is, which is sad because it had a lot of potential.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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Cute and a bit funny. Classic romantic comedy...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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CAST: Bijou Phillips, Ian Somerhalder, Danny Masterson, Marguerite Moreau, Jane Seymore DIRECTED BY: Ellie Kanner SUMMARY: When things get tough for offbeat Carys Reitman, she does what any emotionally isolated, modern girl would do - she goes to strangers' funerals. At one fateful funeral, she unexpectedly meets Tyler, a man mourning his fiancee. Despite the warnings of her undertaker best friend Shane and her roommate Lila, she finds herself connecting to someone for the first time. Searching for answers, Carys goes to see her estranged mother to confront her past. And as she tries to open herself to the risks of love with Tyler, she realizes she may have more to fear than just a broken heart.. MY THOUGHTS: Another off beat Indie movie that I liked a lot. Not your normal scenario, and I loved the quirky lead played by Bijou Phillips. Looking at Ian Somerhalder for bout an hour and a half didn't hurt either.. ;) Seriously though, it was an odd little film with a good cast of people. These are my kind of films so I am sure not all will like it.


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