Kenneth Lonergan (2008)

15 Certificate


Our Score
As a child actress, Anna Paquin won an Oscar for The Piano. As an adult, she went on to headline the hit vampire TV series True Blood. Here, she returns to the big screen for a drama about unintended consequences. She plays Lisa, an attractive high-school student who inadvertently distracts the driver of a passing bus (Mark Ruffalo). The bus crashes a red light, and a pedestrian (The West Wing's Allison Janney) is graphically killed. Tormented by a peculiarly teenage and self-centred sense of guilt, Lisa sets out to make amends by bringing the bus driver to book. Paquin plays the teen with spunk and spark and the supporting stars, including Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno, are fine, too. But the film is badly flawed. At 150 minutes, it's way too long, with several superfluous scenes and subplots. On top of all that, moments of high melodrama and overwrought opera suggest that it has an over-inflated sense of its own importance. For example, there is no character called Margaret in the film. Instead, it's the title of a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem. Now how highfalutin is that?


A teenager is inadvertently involved in a bus crash that costs a woman her life. She becomes obsessed with setting things right and helping the mother of the victim, but frustration at the lack of progress drives her to turn against friends and family. Drama, with Anna Paquin, J Smith-Cameron, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon and Jean Reno.

Cast & Crew

Lisa Cohen Anna Paquin
Joan J Smith-Cameron
Maretti Mark Ruffalo
Emily Jeannie Berlin
Ramon Jean Reno
Becky Sarah Steele
Darren John Gallagher Jr
Curtis Cyrus Hernstadt
Monica Patterson Allison Janney
Paul Kieran Culkin
Mr Aaron Matt Damon
John Matthew Broderick
Director Kenneth Lonergan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 2 Dec 2011