Restless (2011)


Restless tells the story of two young-ins who fall in love, but at the same time are sorta weird. Oh, it’s directed by Gus Van Sant. That makes sense.

A terminally ill teenage girl falls in love with a boy who likes to go to funerals (been there, girlfriend). The two have some strange experiences on their journey together (sexperiences?) including their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII. (also been there, hey! Is this about me? Am I a teenaged girl on death’s doorstep?)


The Scoop

Directed by Gus van Sant (for those of you not paying attention before), Restless is the first film written by Jason Lew, whose only other work include acting jobs on two films. No doubt this will be awesome. Gus Van Sant is best known for Good Will Hunting, which was also written by two relatively unknown actors. I wonder whatever happened to those guys?

Who’s It For?

Hmmm. PG-13.

Movie Release Date

January 28, 2011.

Who’s In It?

Mia Wasikowska
Jane Adams … Mabel Tell
Schuyler Fisk … Elizabeth Cotton
Lusia Strus … Rachel
Chin Han
Henry Hopper … Enoch Brae

Interesting Fact

This is the first movie produced by Bryce Dallas Howard, who is co-producing with her father Ron Howard.

Related Movies

Good Will Hunting, Psycho, Last Days, Milk

What’s Good About It?

Gus Van Sant is a great director, even if he picks film seemingly at random out of a hat. Hopefully this will be closer to Good Will Hunting than Paranoid Park.

What’s Bad About It?

I’ve seen this same move a hundred times. Isn’t Twilight about teens falling in love and talking to Kamikaze pilots?

I know it is.

Our Clever Prediction

I doubt it’ll have much success. Fact is, it’s coming out in January, meaning that the studio doesn’t think it will be much for Oscar contention. With a direct like Van Sant, that’s a bad sign. After Milk, you’d think they’d nominate him for anything. Still, it might be pretty cool, and I see above average critical praise.

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