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The steadily affecting relationship drama "Stay" is a great example of how a film can rise above its terrible dialogue.
The film was adapted from a novel by Aislinn Hunter, but the characters' inner lives remain elusive.
Static and uninvolving despite a decent cast.
Despite the affecting performances by the two leads, this overly muted drama fails to make much of an impact.
The somber mood lifts like clouds after a storm, at a pace just sluggish enough that the happy ending doesn't seem too gratuitous.
Too often ... the darker, more serious moments in Stay are only temporary distractions from the main event - a familiar tale of romantic separation and reconciliation.
While the performances are thoughtful, the execution and story is surprisingly trivial, never getting past the surface of the plot.
Try as it does, Stay remains an awkward near miss with too often what should be subtext is front and center.
A character-driven drama about the ways the past intrudes on the characters' perceptions of what is possible for them.
There are other small triumphs that carry the film.
The knife that tried to half this potato gets stuck somewhere along the way, and by the time we meander towards the foregone conclusion, the fumes force us to turn away and not look back.
I can't imagine what type of picture there would be without Quinn and Schilling's commitment, but their professional investment helps to save a mediocre movie from becoming just another bland soul-searching drama.
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