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Old 09-07-08, 10:54 PM   #1
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Seven Pounds (Muccino, 2008) - new Will Smith film

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Ben (Will Smith) is an IRS agent who is depressed and guilt-ridden about mistakes from his past. He sets out to make amends by helping seven strangers. When he meets Emily (Rosario Dawson), a beautiful woman
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he falls in love with her, thereby complicating his plans. Woody Harrelson also appears as a blind pianist who befriends Ben.
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Writer: Grant Nieporte
Release Date: 12/10/08

That admittedly superficial synopsis seems rather sentimental, though Smith won acclaim for his work in Muccino's last film, The Pursuit of Happyness.
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Old 09-07-08, 11:05 PM   #2
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I dont like will Smith (and have never seen the Pursuit of Happiness.) but I am in love with Rosario Dawson so dont know. I'll have to wait and see a trailer.
It certainly sounds like a mainstream PG-13 version of 21 grams.
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Old 09-07-08, 11:06 PM   #3
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21 grams lite..yeah, that's what I thought too.
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Old 09-07-08, 11:08 PM   #4
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Sounds more like Autumn in New York crossed with Pay It Forward than 21 Grams to me.
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Old 09-07-08, 11:10 PM   #5
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Seven pounds = 3,175.15 grams
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Old 09-07-08, 11:13 PM   #6
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Hell it reminds me of Ikiru....is that what this is somewhat? BTW...you have to watch Ikiru, great film.
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Old 09-29-08, 12:04 PM   #7
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Trailer from YouTube:

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Old 09-29-08, 12:31 PM   #8
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Looks interesting.
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Old 09-29-08, 12:55 PM   #9
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My first thought: What is the weight of Will Smith's ego?
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Old 09-29-08, 01:18 PM   #10
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I wonder if this will be the first film to break Big Willie's $100m record-streak? Looks okay, but not something I'm very interested in seeing.
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Old 09-29-08, 03:01 PM   #11
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Seven pounds = 3,175.15 grams
In other words, it needs to be better than The Dark Knight, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, and The Departed combined in order to outdo the emotional weight 21 Grams has.
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Old 09-29-08, 03:18 PM   #12
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For me, Will Smith is pretty much watchable in everything he's in. I really dug Pursuit of Happyness, so I'll probably watch this.
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Old 09-29-08, 11:48 PM   #13
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I dont like will Smith (and have never seen the Pursuit of Happiness.) but I am in love with Rosario Dawson so dont know. I'll have to wait and see a trailer.
It certainly sounds like a mainstream PG-13 version of 21 grams.
I'd check out The Pursuit of Happyness. Not great, but Will is great in the role.

I was anti-Smith for a minute, but I really think he's trying to make quality stuff. That's until he makes Bad Boys 3 any how.
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Old 10-05-08, 09:50 PM   #14
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Love Will Smith, so I'm sure I'll see this at some point.

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Old 12-01-08, 07:29 PM   #15
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Old 12-01-08, 08:15 PM   #16
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This looks good. I enjoyed the Pursuit of Happyness, so I'll give this a chance since it's from the same director. I also prefer Smith in dramatic roles over comedic roles.
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Old 12-01-08, 08:47 PM   #17
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I'd check out The Pursuit of Happyness. Not great, but Will is great in the role.

I was anti-Smith for a minute, but I really think he's trying to make quality stuff. That's until he makes Bad Boys 3 any how.
Yea, Will was fine in Pursuit, but I thought the movie itself was quite mediocre.

I probably won't be seeing this.
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Old 12-01-08, 08:54 PM   #18
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If you guys want to know what it's all about...

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"Seven Pounds" refers to seven astronauts that were killed when the shuttle came back and exploded in the atmosphere. Smith's character was a NASA engineer who blames himself. He helps out 7 random people the best way he can, including donating organs to the people that need them. The film ends with him killing himself.
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Old 12-17-08, 08:03 AM   #19
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Director Gabriele Muccino seems to think he's in Ingmar Bergman territory, but he's actually made the longest, most dour episode of My Name is Earl imaginable.
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Old 12-17-08, 05:53 PM   #20
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Variety review:
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A movie that, like “The Sixth Sense,” depends entirely upon the payoff for its impact, “Seven Pounds” is an endlessly sentimental fable about sacrifice and redemption that aims only at the heart at the expense of the head. Intricately constructed so as to infuriate anyone predominantly guided by rationality and intellect, this reteaming of star Will Smith and director Gabriele Muccino after their surprisingly effective “The Pursuit of Happyness” is off-putting for its manifest manipulations, as well as its pretentiousness and self-importance.
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Old 12-17-08, 05:56 PM   #21
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If you guys want to know what it's all about...

Spoiler:
"Seven Pounds" refers to seven astronauts that were killed when the shuttle came back and exploded in the atmosphere. Smith's character was a NASA engineer who blames himself. He helps out 7 random people the best way he can, including donating organs to the people that need them. The film ends with him killing himself.
Thanks for the spoiler, I was curious myself.
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If you guys want to know what it's all about...

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"Seven Pounds" refers to seven astronauts that were killed when the shuttle came back and exploded in the atmosphere. Smith's character was a NASA engineer who blames himself. He helps out 7 random people the best way he can, including donating organs to the people that need them. The film ends with him killing himself.

That's only halfway right.

Where did you find this spoiler?
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Old 12-17-08, 08:17 PM   #23
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Damn it, mislead by PopcornTreeCt again!
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Old 12-18-08, 09:04 AM   #24
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Reviews on this are TERRIBLE (It made it onto Lisa from EW's worst of the year list)... I hated Pursuit of Happyness, so I think I'll steer clear.
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Old 12-18-08, 03:22 PM   #25
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That spoiler is not really right. The movie is not really good either.
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