April 12, 2010 / by Blake Fehl
I judged a trailer by it’s poster and name apparently. I assumed that this would be another Hollywood attempt to make Special or Defendor again. (Watch the trailer for Defendor starring Woody Harrelson.) I was wrong actually, it seems more like it is trying to remake Lars and the Real Girl with a slightly different plot device. It has the quirky leads, who would normally be disturbing, but in this film they are fun and lighthearted. Mix the plot in with some obscure indie folk rock band, and you have an indie art house theater hit. What I find most amazing about this is the fact that Ryan Reynolds is once again playing a superhero. I’m beginning to think he has a fetish…
An unlikely friendship forms between Richard, a failed middle-aged novelist who has never quite grown up and Abby, a 17-year-old girl whose role in a family tragedy years earlier has stolen away her youth. Both are unsure, both are afraid to take firm steps forward, and both rely on the imaginary friends in their heads to help guide them into the future – for Richard, it is the costumed superhero Captain Excellent, and for Abby, it’s morose fellow teenager Christopher. At the urging of his wife Claire, Richard has moved to a Long Island beach community for the winter season in order to overcome his writer’s block. There, Richard meets Abby and hires her as a weekly babysitter, even though he has no children. Their tenuous, new friendship is sparked by Richard’s awe over Abby’s homemade soup and Abby’s enjoyment of Richard’s writing and his attempts at Origami. As the season progresses and the warm, quirky friendship between Richard and Abby grows, the two begin to share with each other their dreams and life hardships. Becoming the best of friends, Richard and Abby discover there comes a time to let go of imaginary friends of the past and to embrace the future as a new beginning – just as one would embrace a new and unique friendship.
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Ryan Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow, Emma Stone, Hunter Parrish
Directed by: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney
Produced by: Darin Friedman, Dan Fireman, Lila Yacoub
Release Date: April 23, 2010 (Limited)