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How I Got Lost (DVD Review)

5 May, 2010 By: Angelique Flores

Street 5/11/10
$24.98 DVD
Not rated.
Stars Jacob Fishel, Aaron Stanford, Rosemarie DeWitt.

This drama is bookended by the 9/11 attacks and the northeastern blackout that occurred two years later.

The story centers on best friends Andrew (Aaron Stanford) and Jake (Jacob Fishel), two New Yorkers who are young, smart and talented. The problem is neither has any direction in life, and Jake is hung up on a girl who is no good for him.

The two end up on an impromptu road trip to Andrew’s hometown. His father has died, and because he can’t deal with the loss, Jake is the one who stays behind to pick up the pieces. Here, Jake realizes how much of himself he has lost. And when he finally returns to New York, he’s a better person. Meanwhile, Andrew is still finding his way.

The movie is a little bit all over the place, and it’s unclear what the focus is supposed to be. A commentary on New York and the disasters it has endured? A film about friendship? A drama about loss? Quarter-life crisis? In any case, the two leads are captivating. Fischel has a sweet Ed Norton/Ben Affleck quality to him, and Stanford balances a range of emotions that allows him to show his acting chops. The always-
enchanting Rosemarie DeWitt also has a small part.

The film has moments when it tries too hard to be smart or snarky; instead it comes across as trite and obnoxious. But when it is just being itself, the film has some sincere, touching moments. There isn’t too much that’s original, but that’s OK. It has some universal themes to which anyone could relate.

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