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Wristcutters: A Love Story

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Source: Catholic News Service

Gritty, downbeat drama set in a purgatorial afterlife for suicides, three of whom -- a young slacker (Patrick Fugit) in search of the girlfriend (Leslie Bibb) for whose sake he killed himself, a young woman (Shannyn Sossamon) who insists she is there by mistake, and a Russian musician (Shea Whigham) whose entire family took their own lives -- become friends on a road trip during which they encounter the leader of a commune (Tom Waits) and a self-proclaimed messiah (Will Arnett). Writer-director Goran Dukic's film is engaging for the first 15 minutes or so, after which, despite its welcome stance against suicide, it becomes random, visually uncomfortable and ultimately stupefying. Brief upper female nudity, much rough and crude language, some crass language, four uses of profanity, graphic wounds, blood and a suicide theme. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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