I'm Reed Fish

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Painless if largely unmemorable, I'm Reed Fish fails to distinguish itself from countless other small-town comedies populated by amiably quirky characters.



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Reed Fish (Jay Baruchel of Million Dollar Baby and Undeclared) seems to be leading the life he's supposed to. He's followed in the footsteps of his late father, doing an early-morning radio show with the town's mayor, Maureen (Katey Sagal), through which the eccentric locals of Mud Meadows voice their complaints and have them addressed. He produces the show with his old high school buddy, Frank (Victor Rasuk), and he's engaged to be married to another high school chum, the gorgeous Kate Peterson (Alexis Bledel), whose dad (Blake Clark) seems to own every business in town. But Reed's plans are upended when his high school sweetheart, Jill (Schuyler Fisk), comes back to town. She's supposed to be away at law school, but she confides to Reed that she quit school years ago, and has been working as a waitress while she fruitlessly pursues a career in music. Reed encourages her to play on Open Mike Night at the local bar. He inspires her to find her voice, which leads to some complications in his relationship with Kate, forcing Reed to reexamine every aspect of his safe, secure life. I'm Reed Fish also features performances by DJ Qualls, Chris Parnell, and Shiri Appleby. The comedy marks the feature debut of director Zackary Adler, and had its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

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Jay Baruchel
as Reed Fish
Alexis Bledel
as Kate Peterson
Schuyler Fisk
as Jill Cavanaugh
Victor Rasuk
as Frank Cortez
DJ Qualls
as Andrew
A.J. Cook
as Theresa
Katey Sagal
as Maureen
Jackie Benoit
as Imogene Sandstrom
Blake Clark
as Irv Peterson
Reed Fish
as John Penner
Todd Fjelsted
as Bartender
Andrew Stubblefield
as George Henderson
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Critic Reviews for I'm Reed Fish

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

  • The relentless quirkiness of the proceedings proves wearisome, and the bizarre structural conceit is not enough to compensate for the overly familiar characterizations and story line.

    Jun 9, 2007
  • Filled with painfully awkward men with painfully bad haircuts, I'm Reed Fish exhibits less energy than a sloth on Seconal.

    Jun 4, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • Some nice performances (Fisk is especially appealing as Reed's love interest) and a go-nowhere midfilm meta shift don't propel the movie beyond its pat life-lesson intentions.

    Jun 2, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • The movie, which looks like it was made on the cheapest camera borrowed from the A/V club, was apparently based on the experience of its writer, Reed Fish, who should either await more interesting experiences or work up some imagination.

    Jun 1, 2007 | Rating: .5/4
  • Modest charmer about a folksy community radio show host.

    Jun 1, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The acting is good, the turf is familiar, and the mood is sweet without causing diabetes.

    May 31, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4

    John Anderson

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Audience Reviews for I'm Reed Fish

  • Oct 07, 2010
    jay baruchel, does this geeky good natured role a lot, and to be honest, it was okay at first, but that was in things like knocked up, and a tiny role in almost famous, but he annoys at times trying to bring his wit, and musings, for me its nothing special
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2009
    I liked this a lot actually. It was a sweet film. I enjoyed the fact that the movie was about a movie in a movie. That sounds a little odd or confusing, but trust me it was an interesting way to do things. I found it unique and quirky. Jay Baruchel was great in my opinion, as was most of the supporting cast. Oh, and I absolutely loved the soundtrack! Good movie. What did this movie teach me? That even when youve been (metaphorically) shoved off a cliff, as long as you know who you are, you can pick yourself back up and go on. :)
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2009
    Nice little movie. Odd at the end, but very sweet.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2009
    A very well acted film, with a really great plot and a few twists that I thought were pretty original. This are the kind of films I love picking up at the rental store that end up being a great little Indie gem, and it is also a great comedy as well.
    Jason R Super Reviewer

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