It's never helpful when a comedy becomes a bit too smug about its own quirkiness. This movie is wilfully goofy but feels oddly irrelevant, focussing on a colourful central character who never quite seems like a real person. Woody Harrelson pours plenty of energy, humour and emotion into the title role, but it's difficult to identify with this optimistic curmudgeon. Still, quite a few moments are genuinely hilarious.
Harrelson plays Wilson, a guy who can't resist saying whatever he thinks, even though it annoys pretty much anyone within earshot. He over-shares with strangers, complains constantly about everything and refuses to stop offering unwanted advice. In his mind he's making the word a better place, but his life is a mess. And when his father dies, he realises that he has no friends left aside from his dog Pepper. Leaving Pepper with a neighbour (Judy Greer), Wilson tracks down his ex-wife Pippi (Laura Dern) and is shocked to learn that she gave birth to his daughter after they split up, giving the baby up for adoption. So Wilson goes on a quest to find the now 17-year-old Claire (Isabella Amara), barging into her life in the hope of rescuing his own.
There are very few characters in this film who can bear to be in the same room as Wilson, a man with no manners who has no idea that he is rubbing everyone the wrong way. And for the audience, it's not much better to be in his presence for the length of this 94-minute movie. Harrelson is charming, but the script has Wilson veering from giddy to angry to cruel and back, which is a serious challenge for the actor to play consistently. That Harrelson manages it is no mean feat. Opposite him, Dern and Greer are terrific as his long-suffering foils. And Amara takes every opportunity to steal scenes out from under her veteran costars.
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Hey Daniel Clowes, Shia LaBeouf is really, really sorry.
Shia LaBeouf has taken to the skies for his latest apology to graphic novel writer Daniel Clowes over plagiarism. We all know the story by now - Shia ripped huge chunks of his short movie HowardCantour.com from one of Clowes' books - but the actor is still keen to show that he is oh, so very sorry.
Shia LaBeouf Has Apologised To Daniel Clowes, Again
"I am sorry Daniel Clowes," read a message over the Los Angeles skyline this week - an image later posted by LaBeouf on his official Twitter feed. Yep, that's an apology in the sky.
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LaBeouf took to the skies, literally, to apologise for ripping off Daniel Clowes in 'HowardCantour.com'
Shia LaBeouf found himself under deep scrutiny after airing his new short film, HowardCantour.com, in December last year after some people noticed some glaring similarities between it and the Daniel Clowes comic Justin M. Damiano. As Shia continues to find himself in negative discussion, he wrote an apology to Clowes in a rather elaborate fashion, by taking to the skies.
LaBeouf was placed under heavy scrutiny after ripping off Clowes' work
"I am sorry Daniel Clowes," the message hanging off the end of a skywriter plane read. LaBeouf tweeted a picture of the plane and message afterwards along with the note, "CLOUD: - vapor floating in the atmosphere - remote servers used to SHARE DATA - to make LESS CLEAR or TRANSPARENT."
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Shia LaBeouf ripped off Daniel Clowes' comic for his short movie.
Shia LaBeouf's short movie HowardCantour.com - which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Critic's Week sidebar in 2012 - was made available online on Monday (December 16, 2013) and it didn't take long for the haters to start piling in.
Shia LaBeouf Sort Of Admitted To Plagiarising
When we say haters, what we actually mean is movie fans who noticed the distinct similarities between LaBeouf's movie and Daniel Clowes' comic book Justin M. Damiano. Articles began popping up dissecting the similarities between the movies and Clowes' text and HowardCantour.com disappeared behind a password protected wall, according to Entertainment Weekly.
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Based on a comic/graphic novel by Daniel Clowes (who co-wrote the screenplay adaptation with Zwigoff), Ghost World provides the point-of-view of young Enid, just out of high school, and aimless in both direction and identity. In the able hands of Thora Birch, who's already suffered the ennui of suburbia in American Beauty, Enid is a caustic, sarcastic, yet charming, sweetie. Birch is in practically every scene of the film, and anchors it with perfect tone.
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