Bothersome New York City high-school student Lisa Cohen (17), who consistently messes up her life and that of boy classmates, searches New York in vain for a fit cowboy hat to wear at an excursion with her separated father and stepmother. Spotting one on bus driver Maretti's head but failing to board, she stubbornly runs along and keeps claiming his confused attention, until the bus hits a blind senior, who is wounded fatally The NYPD quickly closes the case as an accident, but Lisa, duly consumed by guilt and spared any charge, starts bothering everyone and making a mean pest of herself, not only at home, as self-absorbed actress mother may deserve, but also in the precinct, tracking down the victim's uninterested kin out of town and even Maretti at home. A family friend lawyer gets involved in the case, digging in to compromising circumstances and causing real trouble to people who were of the hook.Written by
Lonergan is simply brilliant. The way he combines real life drama with literary references by that showing his characters inclination to intellectually interpret dramatic events and their gut reaction to them, is just incredible. This is by far the best movie of 2011 and the fact that is wasn't even nominated for an Oscar shows just how flawed the Hollywood promotion machine is.
I've seen quite a lot of reactions from viewers that leave me mystified: Lisa's a spoiled brat, no more of Paquin's screaming, the film takes forever blabla.... I have a suggestion for you : go see Spiderman or some action movie that will keep you satisfied in terms of pace because you certainly didn't get anything out of this movie. It has nothing to do with how likable Lisa is. This is a coming of age movie. And yeah even spoiled upper class brats go through it and its always dramatic. Anna captures it superbly. I haven't seen such compelling writing for a female lead in quite a while.
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