Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas

2006

Comedy / Romance

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 50%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 54%
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 3216

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Cast

Matthew Lillard as Spaceman
Simon Helberg as The Reality Isn't Club - Al
Thomas Lennon as Campus Cop
Clark Gregg as Publisher
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799.06 MB
1280*714
English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 27 min
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Reviewed by lewiskendell 5 / 10

This movie may be based on a cool idea, but it needed to be developed a lot more.

"You killed her? No! How?! With a butcher's knife?!"

Disaffected college student Bickford Shmeckler (Patrick Fugit) has filled a book with his cool and revolutionary ideas about reality. One night at a party, beautiful kleptomaniac Sarah (Olivia Wilde) stumbles into his room, and makes off with his book of ideas. Over the next few days, Bickford frantically tries to track the book back down, while reading it has a huge affect on the lives of Sarah, an entire Dungeons and Dragons club, a horny cosmology professor, and a group of homeless nuts led by a man named Spaceman. Yes, the movie really is that random. The most random and peculiar indie comedy that I've seen in a while.   

As you can tell from the description, this is a pretty weird movie. It's low-budget, for sure. Lots of obscure tunes from college radio on the soundtrack, and lots of "alternative" humor. I found the attempts at humor to be more bemusing, than anything else. I only recall laughing out loud once (thanks to a few cameos from Reno 911! and a rape joke that came out of nowhere). If the idea of a book giving women brain orgasms sounds funny to you, then you'll be right at home, here. 

I don't really think I can recommend that anyone who's not a massive Olivia Wilde or Patrick Fugit fan go out of their way to catch this one. The movie takes a turn for the dramatic at the end that doesn't fit well with anything that came before, and the entire script just seems like it could have used a lot more development.

Reviewed by Sailinship 4 / 10

Fun, inspiring, but not smart

Although I found this movie to be fun and somewhat inspiring, it might make you do that thing you've been wanting to do but haven't, it lacks real smarts. The theories he has are never really talked about in any way that will bring you to new thoughts. He just doesn't come across as a mad scientist/philosopher because he never says anything scientific or philosophical.

It does feel good because it has that angsty virgin thing who gets together with a gorgeous woman because of his ideas, and that is something we can relate to, but it's just not smart. I never heard a simple list of ideas, a rundown of why he is perplexed, a question or a theory. His character has problems to deal with, but they are revealed in one moment and then that scene is forgotten. If that is why he is so perplexed about how to be happy, then it should have been a persistent look on his face, an explanation that is revealed as to why he does things so differently than the rest of us.

This kid in the movie is not weird or even nerdy, he's regular and boring. Even his anger is silly. The one real "crazy" person in the movie, an actor who I hope will find his "reality" one day, is presented in a way that demeans what it is to be truly different. Even the not selling out idea is... Well, just not inspirational. The token gay is silly as well, his coming out comes across as disingenuous and devoid of any feeling.

I did have fun watching it though, and I suspect that that has more to do with the beauty of Olivia Wilde, who is, a stone cold fox. It is hard to watch her in any scene and not question where a woman so beautiful comes from and what exactly makes her so damn good to look at.

Reviewed by Chylla 8 / 10

May seem pointless, but you have to look harder.

I found the movie highly peculiar. I think it pretty much sums up what people search for in life. We search for answers. In the movie we see a guy who has found all the answers, and he "claims" to be happy with the discovery, but we see it very well that he is the most miserable person on earth. But he has those answers that blow everyones mind, so... he has to know something.

And than he figures it all out! Major spoiler people: there is NO theory!... The only thing you can do in your life is to enjoy it. I think thats what the movie tries to tell us. That despite of finding out the answers to all questions about being, Bickford was in pain. And when he found out he doesn't have to find out anything: he was truly happy, for the first time. Sex is not the answer, its just symbolizing joy, unconditional happiness. So thats why the movie makes sense.

I gave it an 8 because despite how great its philosophy was, it wasn't really.. "fun", and Im not saying I missed funny things from it. It just lacks the things I would want from a movie to make me give it a 9 or a 10. But I loved Patrick Fugit in it, and Olivia Wilde was also remarkable, she is adorably crazy, and Fran Kranz is one of my favorite actors so it was nice to see him in the movie.

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