Please Stand By (2018)
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Lewin can't quite transcend the inconsistencies and dwindling credibility of the concept or give the material a driving pulse, even with its race-to-the-deadline setup.
You can guess how most of its scenes will play before you even come to them, and it has a circumspect, sanitized quality, as if meant to be shown in group homes without causing undue upset.
Touches the viewer with the subtle emotional wallop of a feather brushing against the heart.
A sensitive character study whose story beats are a little bit overly familiar.
Lewin ... posits this as a whimsical road comedy, but I couldn't help questioning both the logic and the consistency.
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Dakota Fanning gets her layup shot with the easy Hollywood trope of mental illness (nearly always Oscar material performances due to sympathy, see Rain Man), and does well as a woman who dreams of submitting her Star Trek script to Paramount Studios. It's a nice story without a lot of waxy yellow buildup, even if predictable.
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