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||IMDB Rating: 5.2/10 from R votes
||Release: 14 July 2000 (Iceland) /
||Genre: Comedy, Drama
||Director: Lisa Krueger,
||Stars: Alfonso Arau, Art Alexakis, Casey Affleck, Clea DuVall, Dylan Baker, Goran Visnjic, Heather Graham, Kim Dickens, Laurel Holloman, Luke Wilson, Mark Ruffalo, Mary Kay Place, Patricia Velasquez, Summer Phoenix, Wood Harris
||Synopsis: The plot of "Committed" is centered around the story of an intense young woman, played by Graham, whose husband leaves her in order to find himself. She then follows him cross-country and when she catches up with him, complications arise. Written by Eric Keown
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Some people drift through life, moving from one thing or one person to the
next without batting an eye; others latch on to a cause, another person or a
principle and remain adamant, committed to whatever it is-- and figuratively
or literally they give their word and stand by it. But we're all different,
`Made of different clay,' as one of the characters in this film puts it,
which is what makes life so interesting. Some people are just plain crazy,
though-- and maybe that's the way you have to be to live among the masses.
Who knows? Who knows what it takes to make things-- life-- work?
Writer/director Lisa Krueger takes a shot at it, using a light approach to
examine that thin line between being committed-- and how one `gets'
committed-- and obsession, in `Committed,' starring Heather Graham as a
young woman who is adamant, committed, obsessive and maybe just a little bit
crazy, too. Her name is Joline, and this is her story.
Admittedly, Joline has always been a committed person; in work,
relationships, in life in general. She's a woman of her word who sticks by
it no matter what. And when she marries Carl (Luke Wilson), it's forever.
The only problem is, someone forgot to tell Carl-- and 597 days into the
marriage, he's gone; off to `find' himself and figure it all out. When
Joline realizes he's not coming back, she refuses to give up on him, or
their marriage. Maybe it's because of that `clay' she's made of.
Regardless, she leaves their home in New York City and sets off to find him,
which she does-- in El Paso, Texas, of all places. But once she knows where
he is, she keeps her distance, giving him his `space' and not even letting
him know she's there. She considers Carl as being in a `spiritual coma,'
and it's her job to keep a `spiritual vigil' over him until he comes to his
senses. And while she watches and waits, her life is anything but dull, as
she encounters a young woman named Carmen (Patricia Velazquez), a waitress
at one of the local eateries; Carmen's `Grampy,' (Alfonso Arau), who is
something of a mystic; T-Bo (Mark Ruffalo), a truck driver who has issues
concerning Carl; and Neil (Goran Visnjic) an artist who makes pinatas and
takes a fancy to her. For Joline, it's a journey of discovery, during which
she learns a lot about Carl, but even more about herself.
There's a touch of humor, a touch of romance, and some insights into human
nature in this quirky film that is more about characterization and character
than plot. And Krueger presents it all extremely well, delivering a film
that is engaging and entertaining. Her characters are very real people,
with all the wants, needs and imperfections that make up the human
condition; a rich and eclectic bunch through which she tells her story. We
see it from Joline's point-of-view, as Krueger makes us privy to Joline's
thoughts and therefore her motivations, which puts a decided perspective on
the events as they unfold. That, along with the deliberate pace she sets
that allows you to soak up the atmosphere and the ambiance she creates,
makes for a very effective piece of storytelling. There's an underlying
seriousness to this subject matter, but Krueger chooses to avoid anything
heavy-handed or too deep and concentrates instead on the natural humor that
evolves from the people and situations that Joline encounters. And the
result is a well textured, affecting and upbeat look at that thing we call
Heather Graham takes hold of this role from the first frame of the film to
make Joline a character totally of her own creation. She immerses herself
in the part and gives a performance that is convincing and believable,
adding the little personal traits and nuance that makes all the difference
between a portrayal that is a mere representation of a person, and one that
is real. And for this film to work, it was imperative that Joline be viable
and believable-- and Graham succeeds on all fronts. Her screen presence has
never been more alluring, and her vibrant personality or even just the way
she uses her eyes, is enough to draw you in entirely. it's all a part of
the character she creates; there's an appeal to Joline that exudes from her
entire countenance, who she is inside and out. She's a likable, agreeable
person, and because you've shared her innermost thoughts, you know who she
is. It's a good job all the way around, beginning with the way the
character was written, to the way Graham brings her so vibrantly to
As Carmen, Patricia Velazquez is totally engaging, as well. Her
performance is very natural and straightforward, and she uses her instincts
to effectively create her character. She has a charismatic presence, but is
less than flamboyant, and it gives her an aspect that is attractively
down-to-earth. She is refreshingly open and up-front; you get the
impression that Carmen is not one to hold anything back, but is totally
honest on all fronts, and that, too, is part of her appeal. And, as with
Joline, this character is well written, and Velazquez brings her
convincingly to life.
Overall, there is a number of notable performances that are the heart and
soul of this film, including those of Luke Wilson, Casey Affleck (as
Joline's brother, Jay), Goran Visnjic, Alfonso Arau and especially Mark
Ruffalo as T-Bo, who, with very little actual screen time, manages to create
a memorable character.
The supporting cast includes Kim Dickens (Jenny), Clea Du Vall (Mimi),
Summer Phoenix (Meg), Art Alexakis (New York Car Thief), Dylan Baker (Carl's
Editor), and Mary Kay Place (Psychiatrist). A film that says something
about the value of stepping back to consider The Big Picture-- reflecting
upon who we are, where we're going and what we really need-- `Committed' is
an enjoyable experience; a ride definitely worth taking. 8/10.
Tags for Committed (2000) Full Movie
, Art Alexakis
, Casey Affleck
, Clea DuVall
, Dylan Baker
, Goran Visnjic
, Heather Graham
, Kim Dickens
, Laurel Holloman
, Luke Wilson
, Mark Ruffalo
, Mary Kay Place
, Patricia Velasquez
, Summer Phoenix
, Wood Harris
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