SOMETIMES YOUR LIFE COMES INTO FOCUS ONE FRAME AT A TIME.
Washed-up Hollywood screenwriter Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey) leaves town, ends up in a car accident and is washed ashore in a small California hamlet where he’s mistaken for a young man who was thought to have died in WWII. A typical Frank Darabont picture; too long, very nostalgic and sentimental, but skilfully made and engaging. The story portrays genuinely good people threatened by evil (represented here by McCarthyism), but the warmth of the small-town community will overcome anything. The depiction of the 1950s tends to get a bit too corny and Darabont tries to manipulate us too intensely, but the acting is top-notch.
2001-U.S. 152 min. Color. Produced and directed by Frank Darabont. Cast: Jim Carrey (Peter Appleton), Martin Landau (Harry Trimble), Laurie Holden (Adele Stanton), David Ogden Stiers, James Whitmore, Jeffrey DeMunn… Hal Holbrook, Bob Balaban, Allen Garfield, Bruce Campbell. Voices of Matt Damon, Sydney Pollack, Paul Mazursky, Rob Reiner, Garry Marshall, Carl Reiner.