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Dedication
Dedication
Actors: Billy Crudup, Mandy Moore, Tom Wilkinson, Christine Taylor, Bob Balaban
Director: Justin Theroux
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2008     1hr 35min

Dedication is a modern love story in which a misanthropic, emotionally complex children?s book author named Henry is forced to team up with a beautiful illustrator after his best friend and creative collaborator passes awa...  more »

     

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Actors: Billy Crudup, Mandy Moore, Tom Wilkinson, Christine Taylor, Bob Balaban
Director: Justin Theroux
Creators: Carina Alves, Celine Rattray, Chip Seelig, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Galt Niederhoffer, Jai Stefan, David Bromberg
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Studio: Weinstein Company
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 02/12/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Jessica C. (SMURFICA5) from KUNA, ID
Reviewed on 5/2/2009...
This movie sucked so bad I couldn't even finish watching it. It is NOT a chick flick or a romantic comedy. It is just plain weird and stupid.
3 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sharon C. (sharonc9630) from KNOXVILLE, TN
Reviewed on 6/22/2008...
Good movie to watch over the summer.

Billy Crudup is his quirky self.

Mandy Moore is beautiful.

Definitely a chick flick.

:)
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A Beautiful Film
sec127 | Getzville, New York United States | 02/10/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is not your standard romantic comedy. The DVD box wants you to believe it is, but anyone looking for something like "How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days" is sorely mistaken. "Dedication", is a beautiful and heartfelt film tho, Justin Theroux makes a sensational directing debut. Fine performances from the always great Billy Crudup and the sweetheart only known as Mandy Moore. This is a film about redemption, loss and healing. Two lost souls who manage to find each other. Great music, great visuals and good work from all supporting players (Tom Wilkinson, Dianne Wiest, Christine Taylor, Martin Freeman, Peter Bogdanovich) make this a neat little indie film to see."
Like jagged glass
Liberty Slater | London and New York | 02/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"a bit dark, a big uncooth and broken, but beautiful, shining nevertheless.
I'm hesitant to compare this film to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind. Still, it's very much that kind of genre. So if that's your thing, this movie will deliver in every possible way and throw you through an entire spectrum of emotion and then some. It's believable, original; and yet still, very magical. Don't be fooled by the bland cover art, it's fantastic."
Dedication to Love and Life
A. Jorgensen | 06/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Henry Roth (Billy Crudup) writes books for children all the while
suffering from the ramifications of a childhood with a missing father
and an abusive, probably violent, mother. He has a bit of an OCD
problem as well.

His mentor, best friend, and parent replacement, is Rudy Holt (Tom
Wilkinson), who illustrates Henry's books. When Rudy dies, Henry is
devastated. He keeps imagining seeing Rudy, thus continuing to let
'Rudy' tell him how to handle Life. Something Henry is not very good at
at his own.

He is teamed up by his publisher Planck (Bob Balaban) with a new
illustrator, Lucy (Mandy Moore). In the beginning, he treats her like
he would anybody else, which means mean, but it becomes very clear that
she is a nice person and quickly he begins to like her. But he doesn't
know how to break the habit of being strange and sarcastic. (Anybody
who's been shy and hurt knows that being rude or weird is a perfect way
to stay safe; to keep people away from the core).

Here is what he tells her in one long hilarious monologue which
conveyed by the brilliant Billy Crudup comes out exasperated,
hesitantly and too fast all at the same time and with a voice that is
nearly broken , due to the fact that he has realized that he's told her
far too much:

"I hate my mother I hate my goddamn dead father more, Rudy was the only
friend I ever had, I had a girlfriend once who I used to like to
masturbate to more than have sex with, carrots and snakes frighten me
um I'm superstitious about the numbers (3. 5. 7) I can only stir things
counter-clockwise and I know that if I don't something bad will happen,
I take a size 11 and a half shoe I don't have a favorite book, I don't
drive or ride in cars, statistically speaking you have a 100% chance of
being in an accident in your lifetime, they're death boxes, I give to
Amnesty International on the off chance that I'm ever imprisoned and
tortured for my political beliefs, paradoxically I have no political
beliefs, um Life is pain, black kids are cuter than white ones, I
didn't mean it when I compared you to our waitress I was only trying to
hurt you, I could've been meaner about your looks and what I would have
said would've made you cry, I have a towel I can't throw out because it
may have feelings, when I ejaculate I go into deep depressions, though
by any standard you're a nice person I deeply resent having to work
with you, I love Japanese monster movies, Gamera specifically.."

Ultimately, it's a love story told in a funny, quirky way and with
great performances by Billy Crudup, Tom Wilkinson, not to mention Bob
Balaban. Mandy Moore does a good job as well.

"