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 »y. As Henry struggles with letting go of the ghosts of love and life, he discovers that sometimes you have to take a gamble at life to find love.« less
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.
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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.
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.
John Pacheco | Ct., USA | 12/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Interesting big city tale with the great looking Mandy Moore, and Billy Crudup as a typically messed up writer. A rich writer, which they don't tell you, but you have to deduct by his posessions. The storyline is sometimes a little hard to follow as to why he or she did what, but it is sometimes fun and also sometimes sad, and sometimes stupid. Not really believeable, but what is funny is how Mandy in real life married a guy 2 years later, who in someways, is like Billys character type. I guess the power of love links strange mates at times. Good acting by all in it."