Movie Review: ‘Nowhere Girl’

Many of us dealt with a broken heart at some point in our lives. Lucky people get back on their feet in no time; others, however, need a lot more help. Nowhere Girl, a charming dramedy from director Jed Rigney, introduces us to a protagonist who recently suffered a terrible breakup and finds it difficult to get his life back in order. The film asks this interesting question of its audience: If something makes you happy, should anyone be allowed to intervene with that happiness even though, in the end, it may be for your own good?

The opening scene introduces viewers to three of the four main characters; Justin and Michelle (David O’Donnell and Jennifer Aspen), a married couple, play host to their best friend Tyler (Josh Robert Thompson) whose recent heart- shattering breakup renders him incapable of happiness. He lies on their couch all day, watching reruns of television show and eating. After a talk with Michelle, he finally decides to slowly assimilate back into society and ventures out to a local café in hopes of regaining some normalcy. While at the café, he meets Katy (the fourth main character played terrifically by Ilana Guralnik), an incredibly attractive red-haired girl who takes a vested interest in him. They kick it off almost immediately and Katy helps Tyler discover a whole new world of possibility and motivation. Over time, however, viewers begin to question the actual existence of Katy or whether Tyler’s fragile subconscious created her as a coping mechanism to help with his previous heartbreak.

Nowhere Girl’s plot definitely intrigues the audience, but not without flaws. The pacing of the movie needs improvement; some parts of the film creep by slowly, whereas others don’t seem to be long enough (Tyler’s entire relationship with Katy, to me, felt rushed). My other problem involved the acting; I thought the script was great but, if executed by different actors, may make for a more believable journey. The lone exception is Ilana Guralnik, who fabulously portrays the mysterious and seductive Katy.
The films soundtrack impressed me most; the music perfectly matches the scenes onscreen, and each song plucks at your heartstrings until you bond emotionally with the characters. Soundtrack tunes from Frightened Rabbit and Delays entered my iTunes library right after the movie ended.

Despite its flaws, Nowhere Girl is worth watching; the story is funny, the music is terrific and the ending leaves you incredibly satisfied. With all the junk that Hollywood tends to produce these days (and it sure does seem like a lot), a lighthearted and uplifting movie like Nowhere Girl shines bright.


Ryan Unger

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