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Reach Me

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Muddled, sometimes violent drama about a self-help book.

Movie PG-13 2014 95 minutes
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age 13+

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age 13+

Reach Me

Yes, there was a happy ending, but that’s the point of motivation. We want to know that we can be better, try harder, do more, and achieve our dreams if we take responsibility for actions, choose to listen to our own voices, and help others along the way. Is it hokey? You betcha’. Is it a better way to spend a couple of hours than watching the usual “life sucks then you die” or “let’s blow the whole thing up” or “life sucks, let’s do some blow then get naked?” Absolutely. There are the obligatory scenes for today’s audience: smoking pot, sex (but under the covers), violence, and cursing. What I didn’t see was the same level of cynicism, disdain, and disrespect for life that has become common. Although you don’t need to have a self-help background to understand the jokes or the dialogue, you do need to pay attention, listen, and think. There is a faster patter to the conversations with fewer filler (i.e., f*$#) words, and the humor isn’t cruel, derogatory, misogynistic or about drugs, sex, and farts. Does it reach it’s potential? I would say yes and then some!

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Writer/director John Herzfeld (Two of a Kind, 2 Days in the Valley, 15 Minutes) crowdfunded this movie and must have called in every favor he had to find his incredible cast. Perhaps he was hoping to change the world with REACH ME, but what he ended up with is a toneless mess that's more chaotic than soul-searching, more irritating than meditative.

The high-pitched quality of the direction suggests that maybe all of this was supposed to be funny, but nothing here inspires laughter. The characters might have generated some sympathy if they weren't spread so thin and forced into awkward situations. A cop always seems to be shooting people and then goes to a priest to confession. An editor yells at everyone and then goes home and tries to paint. And a journalist falls in love with the one person who can best help him. Not even the wide-ranging talent of this hardworking cast can help fill in Reach Me's peculiar blanks.

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