This movie was very funny, very dark, and unexpectedly poignant. You may not enjoy this film if you don't have a fairly dark sense of humor, but I do, so I did. Also worth noting is that it can be gory, so if you have a weak stomach: proceed with caution.
All that said, this is a well written/directed movie about a man trying (and failing, obviously) to live a normal life with a pretty severe case of schizophrenia. He goes to work, goes to parties, goes on dates, and then comes home and gets yelled at by his sociopathic cat for being a loser. His only ally at home? You guessed it, his dog. Ryan Reynolds (who stars as Jerry, and voices the cat, and the dog) does an excellent job of playing a very troubled man in a compellingly sympathetic way that makes it so no matter what heinous acts he commits, you almost always end up feeling sorry for him. Reynolds is supported by Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver, who all deliver excellent turns as the women in his...
For some reason Ryan Reynolds hasn't really taken off as a movie star, but I can't really see why. He has the good looks and he has a likeable personality. Maybe it has to do with GREEN LANTERN? (not the best movie, but I still enjoyed it). Well, this time teamed up with director Marjane Satrapi (PERSEPOLIS) in her English-language debut, Ryan Reynolds delivers what is probably the best performance of his career. He plays Jerry, a rather unassuming (but subtly creepy) guy who works at a faucet and fixture warehouse in a small town. Everything seems alright on the surface, but deep inside Jerry has some problems. Aside from a troubled childhood, he also hears voices inside his head, and these voices tell him to do things...bad things. I'll just say that for those looking for a lighthearted comedy, this isn't it. THE VOICES goes to some pretty dark places, but manages to balance the tone fairly evenly between comedy and shock, of which there is plenty. But most importantly, Jerry is a...
I've been a psych nurse for many years. If you want to delve into a movie about living in a deeply disturbed schizophrenic mind (that's disguised as a comedy), this is it. I've been a fan of Reynolds for a while, and after seeing (and loving) his Deadpool adaptation, I was browsing films and this one showed up. The tagline about a mentally disturbed person talking to a cat caught my attention, and I fully expected the "Van Wilder" treatment to this flick. I was pleasantly shocked. This is a serious film about a serious subject matter, presented in a way that is palatable to the masses.
The way his view of the world is portrayed against reality is brilliantly done. The range that Reynolds displays entices a mix of sympathy, horror and comedy in a way that I never expected. I truly wish that this would be shown to nursing students during their psych rotation, hell, I wish I had seen it years ago.
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