Ended so abruptly


I really really liked the movie until the very end. I didnt realize it was going to end so abruptly. I may be the only person that shedded a bit of a tear in a couple of scenes. I thought the plot was great, but the characters still seemed underdeveloped and like the whole movie was unfinished. It was like a half-ass movie.

I think it had potential that was clearly thrown away. As if the whole crew was just pushing out a movie quickly for money.

The voiceover wasnt so bad because they seemed to only do it at the very beginning and very end. Like an intro and an outro to the movie.

Couldve been WAY better than it was. Way better.

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I agree. The ending was incredibly underwhelming and left several ends unclosed. Very disappointing film from a great director.

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did we watch the same movie? Everything was wrapped up fine.

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The book ends abruptly as well.

Well Hannah ran off and that was that. They didn't really go into anymore detail or if she reconciled with her mom.

In the book it's hinted that she will become a pornstar.

She begs Chris (Adam Sandlers Son) to put the modeling site back up. She also offers to do anything sexually for him if he does it just as long as the site is back up. her story ends there.

i give them points for wrapping up adam sandler and his wife. it was different but kept the point of the book.

Shes cheating on me, but ive been cheating on her so i cant be mad at her.

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Wish they had done what the book did, the book ends abruptly but at least the ending would be a little better

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My husband said the same thing. However, if you recall each storyline presented, there WAS closure to each. Some I believe were left for the audience to come to their own conclusion. For example, the skinny girl throwing a rock through the window could symbolise different things to the audience. The wife caught cheating, learns her husband did/does the same. ..are they still together? Changing behavior? Continuing down the same path and ignoring what goes on? I guess you can come to your own conclusion/interpretation.

All in all, a decent movie. I prefer more lighthearted fun movies, but this one kept my interest throughout.

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The movie was just so good I didn't want it to end. I agree with you.

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This is why movies that use multiple intersecting story lines almost never work.

The problem is there is not enough time to fully develop any of the plots or characters and you end up with a bunch of half baked ideas that don't go anywhere.

They should have either taken one of the plots and ran with that and fully developed it or used the idea for a TV show instead where they would have had time to make a full story for all the characters.

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tv show would be interesting, but it would have to be on a cable channel.

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This is why movies that use multiple intersecting story lines almost never work.

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But even "Magnolia" (my favorite film ever), with its 188 minutes, didn't try to give everyone a traditional happy ending because everything takes place in one day and that's not just how things work. However, there was closure. I do get your point, though, but please, don't even mention Magnolia and this movie in the same board again, it's insulting ;)

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I liked the open ending. Why should there be closure? The problem with technology is ongoing and pervasive.

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Agree with Swidjen.






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You weren't the only one to shed a tear. And personally, I thought the ending was great. To give a fleshed-out conclusion to each character wouldn't make sense and would've made the film well over 2 hours. It wouldn't be right because, as much as you as an audience member would like, there isn't always a clear-cut conclusion. The Truby's son still has sexual issues and will probably have them for a long time. Hannah Clint will always be a self-absorbed, slutty popular girl. Don and Helen's story was wrapped up in a truly genius way. Like Don says, they could have the generic married couple fight about love and life and the meaning of it all, or they could shut the f--k up and eat their eggs.

On the other hand, some characters did get the ending you wanted each one to get. For example, Allison (the malnourished girl) threw a rock through the jerk's window. While that may seem inconsequential, it's powerful precisely because of that: this is a girl who's let jerky guys walk all over her and only finds her self-worth in boys who don't respect her. By throwing the rock through the window, instead of going in and having sex with him again, she's finally standing up for herself.

Even more so, the Mooneys and Jennifer Garner/her daughter got even more thought-out conclusions. We see that Tim survived, his father understands that football isn't an option anymore, and the girl still loves him. While his future is uncertain, there is hope. As for Kent, he's stopped judging Judy Greer and is giving her - and love - another chance.

And Jennifer Garner finally realized what a monster she had been and the very last shot of the film nicely wraps up her story.

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I agree, the movie ended better than the book, in which we just started watching these people, and then ten weeks later stopped.

Halfway through the movie I'm thinking, "Who should I be rooting for? Who's the protagonist? Who's the antagonist?" In the second half Tim and Brandy started to provide that, and I did shed a tear at how badly her mother treated Tim and how it almost killed him. The movie did give their story line better closure, in the ways you mentioned, and I think especially by letting Mrs. Beltmyer see how her actions had serious consequences.

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I think especially by letting Mrs. Beltmyer see how her actions had serious consequences


I like how while she's realizing that, the narrator is talking about the blue dot Carl Sagan thing, which Tim used to say how nothing matters.

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I think the film wrapped up nicely, it was a very good film

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