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The Lookout

DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007

Review: Within the traditional crime drama genre, it has become increasingly difficult to find serious minded films that don't play as "hip and ironic." Add a young leading man to the equation, and it's twice as likely that you'll end up with a movie filled with artifice and self-awareness. In fact, reading the description of "The Lookout," I was sure that this picture would be just another film where clever one-liners were more important than generating actual suspense and drama. I couldn't have been more wrong! "The Lookout" is a tough and believable entry in the arena of heist films. Bolstered by a powerful lead performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this film is both true to the conventions of crime genre and surprisingly different. The film succeeds with strong character development and provides an intriguing twist on the traditional protagonist...more

DVD Extras: Commentary by writer-director Scott Frank and director of photography Alar Kivilo, "Sequencing The Lookout" making-of featurette, "Behind the Mind of Chris Pratt" featurette that explores Gordon-Levitt's portrayal of the main character.

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The Lookout

Release Date: March 30, 2007
Studio: Miramax Films
Director: Scott Frank
Screenwriter:
Scott Frank
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Isla Fisher, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Aaron Berg, Kalyn Bomback, Alex Borstein, Paul Christie, Sergio Di Zio, Morgan Kelly, Suzanne Kelly, Tracy McMahon, Toni Reimer, Janaya Stephens, Laura Vandervoort, Courtney-Jane White
Genre: Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for language, some violence and sexual content)
Official Website: TheLookout-movie.com

Plot Summary: "The Lookout" marks Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Scott Frank's ("Out of Sight"), directorial debut. The intelligent crime drama is centered around Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "Mysterious Skin"), 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. The film also stars Jeff Daniels ("The Squid and the Whale"), Isla Fisher ("The Wedding Crashers"), Matthew Goode ("Match Point") and Carla Gugino ("Night at the Museum").

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EN 5 Second Review: If you are looking for something to watch in the coming onslaught of action and adventure, you could do much worse than this well done flick.

Funny, tender and littered with elegantly written characters played by actors cast for goodness of fit rather than star wattage
Ella Taylor: LA Weekly
Where The Lookout goes is at once deliciously goofy and ineffably sad, as Chris learns to stop hankering after the impossible and finds a new script he can write alone, or at least with the support of someone he can count on....more

The Lookout naturally invites comparisons to Memento.
Nick Schager: Slant Magazine
Once the heist machinations ramp up, The Lookout becomes something of a standard-issue, sub-Elmore Leonard caper in which double-crosses and inconvenient surprises lead to murder, with Chris's condition reduced to a device employed less for thematic than purely suspenseful narrative purposes...more

It's the characters and what they say and think that matter. The job is only an afterthought
Phil Villareal: Arizona Daily Star
Perhaps the only task tougher than pulling off the perfect crime is making the perfect-crime film...more

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