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DVD Review - I'm Reed Fish

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I'm Reed Fish

‘I’m Reed Fish’ is a movie that normally I would have easily passed over as it looked like a very small film, but with the up and coming star Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder, She’s Out of My League, How To Train Your Dragon) on the cover I decided to give it a go. I went into watching the film not knowing a single thing about it other than it seemed to also co-star Alexis Bledel from ‘Gilmour Girls’ fame. However, after seeing the film, I learnt that appearances can be deceiving.

“Reed Fish (Jay Baruchel) seems to be leading the life he's supposed to. He's followed in the footsteps of his late father, doing an early-morning radio show with the town's mayor, Maureen, through which the eccentric locals of Mud Meadows voice their complaints and have them addressed. He produces the show with his old high school buddy, Frank, and he's engaged to be married to another high school chum, the gorgeous Kate Peterson, whose dad seems to own every business in town. But Reed's plans are upended when his high school sweetheart, Jill, comes back to town. She's supposed to be away at law school, but she confides to Reed that she quit school years ago, and has been working as a waitress while she fruitlessly pursues a career in music. Reed encourages her to play on Open Mike Night at the local bar. He inspires her to find her voice, which leads to some complications in his relationship with Kate, forcing Reed to re-examine every aspect of his safe, secure life.”

With Alexis on the cover, I assumed she would be the co-star and love interest of Jay’s character, which she kind of was, but without spoiling the film I can tell you that at the end of the day she was almost 3rd fiddle to other female characters. This surprised me for a number of reasons, one being that why would a ‘biggish’ name take such a role, and two, why use her so heavily in the marketing? Well question number two is an easy one to answer as she would help sell the film regardless of how big her part in it is, but question one is still a funny one for me as I can’t see what she saw in taking on a role that technically wasn’t that important. Other than that there was an interesting twist in the film, which funnily enough was revealed half way through the movie, and with some quirky characters and performances it made for an enjoyable film.

7 out of 10 from me.

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