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The Lookout (2007)

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Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Chris Pratt
Jeff Daniels ... Lewis
Matthew Goode ... Gary Spargo
Isla Fisher ... Luvlee
Carla Gugino ... Janet
Bruce McGill ... Robert Pratt
Alberta Watson ... Barbara Pratt
Alex Borstein ... Mrs. Lange
Sergio Di Zio ... Deputy Ted
David Huband ... Mr. Tuttle
Laura Vandervoort ... Kelly
Greg Dunham Greg Dunham ... Bone
Morgan Kelly ... Marty
Aaron Berg ... Cork
Tinsel Korey ... Maura
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An admired high school hockey player with a bright future foolishly takes a drive in the night with his girlfriend and two other friends with his headlights off with devastating results. The former athlete is left with a brain injury that prevents him from remembering many things for extended periods of time. To compensate, he keeps notes in a small notebook to aid him in remembering what he is to do. He also lives with a blind friend who aids him. Obviously, with the mental incapacitation, he is unable to have meaningful work. Thus he works as a night cleaning man in a bank. It is there he comes under the scrutiny of a gang planning to rob the bank. The leader befriends him and gets him involved with a young woman who further reels him in. After they get close and after reeling him in with his own failures, the bank plan unfolds. Confused but wanting to escape his current existence, he initially goes along with the scheme. After realizing he is being used, he attempts to stop the ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Taglines:

Whoever has the money has the power

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El vigía See more »

Filming Locations:

Hartney, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,007,000, 1 April 2007

Gross USA:

$4,600,585

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,371,181
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To help him play a brain damaged man, Joseph Gordon-Levitt did not get much sleep and worked out hard at the gym before shooting to help him appear disoriented. He also befriended people with brain damage and read "The Man with a Shattered World: The History of a Brain Wound". See more »

Goofs

Highway signs for Route 24 show the number in a sunflower, which designates it as a Kansas state route. But the Route 24 that passes through the Kansas City Metro area is a U.S. Route, and would have a different type of sign. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chris Pratt: It only happens once a year, and then they die. It's like a mating ritual or something.
Kelly: Isn't that romantic?
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That's Too Bad (Byron Jam)
(2006)
Written and Performed by Donavon Frankenreiter
Courtesy of Lost Highway Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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The Lookout
16 April 2009 | by I_John_Barrymore_ISee all my reviews

This quiet, understated drama-thriller may take a while to get going, but the characters are fascinating and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels have a wonderful chemistry that lends the film an unexpected heart. As a brain-damaged student and a blind wannabe entrepreneur respectively, their relationship is very sweet and would probably work well in a buddy comedy.

There's a neat Fargo-like quality to a lot of the characters and dialogue and while it covers few locations it has that convincing small town feel.

Gordon-Levitt is a night janitor at a local bank who's targeted by a gang and finessed into acting as a lookout while they rob it. Things - as they must - go wrong and he has to summon all the faculties of his fractured mind to save himself.

Isla Fisher is quite revelatory in her small role. As Luvlee she's either rather dim-witted or incredibly cunning. Fisher's performance hints at the deeper recesses of her character but doesn't reveal what they hide. Luvlee is one of those rare characters where you find yourself genuinely hoping they won't turn out to be something other than what they appear. Ultimately there's something curiously redemptive about Gordon-Levitt's journey, where there really shouldn't be. It's a testament to the quality of his performance.

Overall a satisfying drama with sustained tension and some fine performances.


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