Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Allen Coulter|
|Produced by||Nicholas Osborne
|Written by||Will Fetters|
Emilie de Ravin
|Music by||Marcelo Zarvos|
|Editing by||Andrew Mondshein|
|Distributed by||Summit Entertainment|
|Release date(s)||March 12, 2010|
|Running time||113 minutes|
In 1991, Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin) witnesses the murder of her mother on a New York City Subway platform Ten years later, Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson) is a rebellious 22 year-old living in New York City and attending New York University. He has had a strained relationship with his businessman father, Charles (Pierce Brosnan) because of his brother's suicide and how he now has no care for Tyler's sister, Caroline. Tyler and his roommate, Aidan (Tate Ellington) are constantly causing trouble throughout the city.
One night, Tyler and Aidan find themselves in trouble with police officer Neil Craig (Chris Cooper). Later, Aidan sees Ally, who is also an NYU student, with her father. He decides that Tyler pursuing Ally would be the best way to get back at Neil, and Tyler reluctantly agrees to meet her. After spending some time with Ally, the two bond over the losses in their pasts and begin to fall for each other. Their relationship is ultimately put to the test, however, by Neil's inevitable discovery that his daughter is dating a troublemaking ruffian, and her discovery of Tyler's reason for meeting her.
Tyler loves his little sister, Caroline, more than anything in the world. His father has issues spending time with her and Tyler and, in Tyler's words, "All of his children will someday hang themselves." Caroline is misunderstood by her classmates, who think she's weird. One day when she goes to one of her schoolmate's sleepover-birthday parties, while she's sleeping, her classmates chop her hair off. Caroline then gets a boy cut and is made fun of by her classmates; though, at the end of the movie, her hair is long again.
Although the year that these events take place is never explicitly stated, the ending indicates that the film takes place in 2001. In the last scene, Tyler goes to the World Trade Center, where his father works, to wait for him while he gives Caroline a ride to school, and is killed in the September 11 attacks.
Production took place in New York City and Manhattan over the summer of 2009. Robert Pattinson also served as an Executive Producer. The production of the film was under the charge of Summit Entertainment and Underground Films.
The film received generally negative reviews from critics. It currently holds a "Rotten" rating of 26% on the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus "Its leads are likeable, but Remember Me suffers from an overly maudlin script and a borderline offensive final twist." It holds a "mixed or average" score of 40 out of 100 on Metacritic.
Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, stating the "scenes between Pattinson and de Ravin exude genuine charm." Honeycutt goes on to say that the score and cinematography brought "notable sparkle to this heartfelt drama." Roger Ebert generally liked the film, giving it three out of four stars and characterizing it as a "well-made movie. I cared about the characters. I felt for them. Liberate them from the plot's destiny, which is an anvil around their necks, and you might have something" but goes on to say it "tries to borrow profound meaning, but succeeds only in upstaging itself so overwhelmingly that its characters become irrelevant".
Jake Coyle of The Associated Press did not favor the film and said the "most pleasing thing about [the film] is its boldness. It may be affected, but [it] is at least aiming for an intriguing character study — a positive sign in the young career of Pattinson" whom he says steps away from "Twilight, apparently in search of his Five Easy Pieces or Rebel Without a Cause." Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a D+, calling it a "shameless contraption of ridiculously sad things befalling attractive people". Schwarzbaum was also critical of Pattinson's acting and the script. Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe gave the film a half star out of four, commenting that the film "crassly repurposes tragedy to excuse its cliches."
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