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JUST BEFORE I GO – TFF 2014 Movie Review

Just Before I Go
Spotlight....90 min.....Comedy, Drama, Relationships, Rom-Com
World Premiere: April 24, 2014
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DIRECTOR: .Courteney Cox
WRITER: .David Flebotte
Seann Willian Scott, Olivia Thirlby, Garret Dillahunt, Kyle Gallner, Rob Riggle, Kate Walsh
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#JustBeforeIGo....JUST BEFORE I GO – TFF 2014

SYNOPSIS: Courteney Cox proves her comedic timing extends beyond her acting chops in her directorial debut. Seann William Scott is Ted Morgan, a down-on-his-luck everyman who has decided that what life has to offer isn’t much. He gets motivated for the first (and the last) time to do himself in, but not before tying up a few loose ends back in his hometown. Enter a zany cast of characters, including Rob Riggle, Olivia Thirlby, and Garret Dillahunt, who quickly and inadvertently helps Ted discover that he’s not the only one who lives in a world that is not all sunshine and lollipops.

Just Before I Go, Courteney Cox’s (Friends, Cougar Town) feature-film directorial debut, is a dark comedy about finding reasons to live while walking the road to death. Written by David Flebotte (Desperate Housewives), this not-entirely-P.C. film boasts a winning combination of laugh-out-loud funny dialogue—of the black and blue comedy varieties—and genuinely sincere emotions, in its exploration of an individual’s value to and effect on those around them.

Seann William Scott (American Pie, Dude, Where’s My Car?) gives a mature performance, full of feeling and funny without resorting to his signature-style slapstick. Charming as Ted’s (Scott) documentarian/love interest Greta, Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Dredd) shows a solid leading-lady capacity—of which other filmmakers should take note. Rob Riggle’s (21 Jump Street) Rowley, the now-reformed bully of Ted’s high school days, is amusingly benevolent in his quest to make amends. Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope) is delightfully distasteful as Ted’s brother Lucky, a husband and father who doesn’t quite see how he affects those around him—particularly his wife Kathleen, played by Kate Walsh (Private Practice) in a total departure from her previous roles, both in her less polished appearance and too-funny-to-spoil physical comedy.

Just Before I Go is a unique dramedy that takes a highly amusing, tongue-in-cheek tone as it explores the two (or more) sides of every interpersonal connection, the frequently forgotten significance of things we take for granted, and the many reasons every average Joe and Jane has to stick around. One thing is certain: Courteney Cox’s directorial talents are far from limited to the small screen.

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