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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Quirky, funny, and touching tale has strong language.

Movie NR 2015 94 minutes
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A feature-length adaptation of a short film (with West reprising his role as the title character), Walter is a crisp, quirky, yet sweet comedy; it's dark, even if it doesn't go totally black. For example, the concept of Walter being the son of God and choosing people's afterlife destinies isn't taken much further than a one-time joke. Yet director Anna Mastro (TV's Gossip Girl) quickly establishes the meticulousness of Walter's life, using that as a running theme throughout.

In his room, he follows a daily routine, keeping things exactly in their places. The spaces he moves through -- including the theater's huge lobby, a church, and his walk to work -- are always empty, yet full of possibility. The slow compromise of this perfect world, and Walter's increasingly messy interactions with other human beings (Madsen and William H. Macy are especially good), provide both laughs and heart.

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