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All the Wrong Reasons: Slacker comedy meets high soap

Cory Monteith in All the Wrong Reasons.

2 out of 4 stars

Written by
Gia Milani
Directed by
Gia Milani
Starring
Cory Monteith
Classification
14A
Country
Canada
Language
English

New Brunswick filmmaker Gia Milani has shown herself in the past to be a deft director of actors, and that talent almost enables her to clear the various hurdles and complications she sets for herself in the 20-something ensemble drama All the Wrong Reasons.

But those contrivances ultimately prevail. Set in a big-box store, the story concerns James, an ambitious, likeably bland manager (played by the late Cory Monteith) and his strained relations with Kate, his intimacy-averse, PTSD-suffering wife (Karine Vanasse). She observes the world from the safely detached vantage of the store's closed-circuit surveillance system, but tentatively returns to the world of the flesh when confronted with a sensitive Irish firefighter, Simon (Kevin Zegers), who's dealing with his own form of trauma.

And with Nicole (Emily Hampshire), a desperately struggling, sexually tactical single-mother cashier, you're left with an awful lot of explosive emotional material packed into one little movie. The result teeters uncomfortably between dead-end-job slacker comedy and high soap, but it shows enough potential to bode well for Milani's future.

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