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Lynn Collins' Poor Acting Distracted Me


From the opening scene, immediately Lynn Collins' performance struck me as so inauthentic, that it was difficult to pay attention to the story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is perfect, as usual. But, it's hard for me to be drawn into a story when the lead actress is making faces and posing instead of being the character she's supposed to be portraying. Her delivery was very plastic and empty of true emotions. I wish they had chosen a better actress.

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She desperately needs to eat something.

Heath Ledger Come Back,
This isn't funny, at all.

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good movie, both sucked at acting.... "perfect as always" oh plz

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I found her to be so irritating in the movie with her sucking her fingers playing the fragile femme, ewww. I think the movie would have been better without her in it. I found myself wanting to smack her.

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That's precisely what I was thinking the whole time. I could count every rib.

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Miss Dixon I agree with you 110%. She was truly awful and it ruined what in theory could have been a great movie.

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From the opening scene, immediately Lynn Collins' performance struck me as so inauthentic, that it was difficult to pay attention to the story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is perfect, as usual. But, it's hard for me to be drawn into a story when the lead actress is making faces and posing instead of being the character she's supposed to be portraying. Her delivery was very plastic and empty of true emotions. I wish they had chosen a better actress.


Couldn't agree more. Her pout really got to me...It was only because of JGL I kept watching past the first twenty minutes

"Bobby, is that man going to die?" <-- I loled

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Weird, I thought she did a great job acting. She truly reminded me of some women I know. I really thought both the leads played their characters well and that this was a great movie overall. Of course it doesn't seem like many other people thought that, but I suppose that everyone has their own taste in movies.

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i thought she did a fine job as well. i didn't particularly notice any bad acting from either of them.

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I find the reactions to this movie and acting very shallow from people that seemingly expect only Hollywood polish and reject independent reality. I found both leads [not to diminish anyone else] to be quite realistic and really human in their actions. How often do you see a couple bed after a significant day and she pushes across her nose and he yawns. I for one, love it.

As far as Ms. Collins goes, she did fine, differently cosmetic in each mode, differently involved, and differently sexy in that fantastic dress. Her struggles with pregnancy were well done both by her, them and the script, for those of us that have been through those considerations. The family relationships were unbelievably real and well done as she was put in the middle of so much. And the waffling support, fear and action in the other mode was at least more than adequate helped by the dress.

I really liked the movie, more comment than for this thread, and found it generated a lot to think about in its juxtaposition of unexpected found phone angst set against the angst of considerations personal and family and the other phone.

And as to the title of this thread, Ms. Collins distracted me, a decrepit old guy who is enthralled by attractive women who finally get over indecision, which really was the title proper of this movie, and try forge some place in their existence. The early shot of her with back light on the bridge, beautiful dress pushed into her loins, was to me simply one of the most fully dressed erotic scenes, followed by many more real life exposures. Kudos to the cinematographer Kathy Li. I for one, want to see more from her viewpoint.

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Trying to slog through this now but I kind of agree. Her acting isn't great. She's very cute though.

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100% agree!

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I thought her acting was great. I had never seen her in anything before, and wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Levitt's acting is the problem in this movie. He's a poser, not her. His voice is too low and it annoyed me to a great extent. Notice also that since he wants to look so cool all the time, something not required by his character, he either smiles or has no emotion on his face. This is what you call a very limited range in an actor. She also has problems but her immense beauty and grace help her. He just doesn't act well at all: show some life for God's sake, you have criminals running after you for frak's sake, an oustandingly beautiful girlfriend, a great family, etc.

The real good actors were her father and uncle. Authentic. Made me feel at home when watching them.

Overall, the movie has much more problems than the acting, but I won't get into that in this thread.

Imdb won't inform us by email when someone replies. Now that is lazy and it sucks.

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I couldn't stand any of the actors or anything about this film at all.

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I came here to say the same, I found the lead actress so wooden and annoying I couldn't even finish the movie.

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JGL IS always perfect in his performances. It was the lead actress and the plot that let the movie down.. but I'd say mostly the actress as she was the other half of this couple. She lacked genuine chemistry with JGL, I wasn't invested at all in their relationship and frankly was bored by it. The movie dragged and I could not wait for it to be over.. the only reason I stuck to it was for JGL.

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Her acting really got to me too. They wanted it to seem natural and it just wasnt in the least. He was good but I do agree, he tried to come off so cool and what not. To be bold about this, the entire story was more about this couple than the actually plot. It seems so unfinished. Both stories, about them and the plot. Either way, the feelings felt for this movie were not deep in any form. I think many people would have done things differently if they were in their shoes.

But w.e. JGL is nice to watch. However, I think the only time I truly liked him was Brick and that was more the movie itself than him.

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Completely agree with the OP.

I literally turned it on there, watched the first 45 mins or so and then I fast forward it because it was extremely dull and Lynn Collins was just dreadful. Her acting is so incredibly bad and unbelievable that I couldn't sit through it all. Joseph Gordon Levitt was alright, it certainly wasn't his best but I blame it on his co-star who's dialogue was just pointing out the obvious in every scene. For example; That scene on the subway where Bobby looks at the phone and sees that there is a message titled "BOBBY" from the gangsters or whatever. Then she goes "Bobby...it's for you!"

It was ridiculous. But I was reading the trivia and the script had no original dialogue and the actors had to make it all up. Big mistake.

Bad acting. Bad script. However, a very interesting subject and I feel like this project had so much potential.

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I didn't mind the acting, in fact, I thought the cast struggled formidably against one of the worst scripts and plots I've ever seen in a film. I thought the premise was just ghastly and the entire thing boring and stupid. That was a big chunk of my life I'll never get back, watching that mess. Now that I know the director and the actors made the script up on the fly, it explains why the thing stunk on ice. Script writers need to write--not expect the directors/cast to do the writing for them. Horrible, horrible, horrible--and I am usually charitable in my assessments. I'd give this zero stars if that were an option...

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