Lord, I love this man!
Two years ago, I finally came to grips with the post-traumatic stress I experienced after the AtS episode “Home” aired enough to watch Vincent Kartheiser in roles other than Connor, although not actually playing Connor himself (O.K., so I have issues. Like *you’re* so non-neurotic?) The Vincent Kartheiser-a-thon was born. Since then, I have gathered together quite a collection of films featuring this amazing actor. Not quite the full oeuvre; no one could have the full oeuvre given the mysteriously *bad* luck VK’s films have had with distribution.
But I have done mini-reviews for the ones I have or have seen:
So, continuing in this vein, I give you
Other notables: Mare Winningham, Michelle Forbes
Summary: A boy learns the true meaning of love and feeling and from that learns how not to play the victim.
Fucked-up Vinnie: Mason is obsessed with death, particularly his own. The first scene will tell you this. This is the kind of kid who will take the rap for an accidental hit-and-run committed by his father because he thinks he deserves it. Luckily, love comes his way and he learns another way to be, and a new appreciation for life, even when it throws you shit.
Brat Quotient: 2/10. Not really bratty, so much as sullen, depressed, and obsessive. But with that patented VK sweetness. You’ll recognize the classic Vinnie-isms in Mason’s facial expressions and gestures.
The hair: Season 4 Connoresque with a slightly trim. Two thumbs up.
Other notes: The imagery is a little odd in places, and the pace of the film is slow and uneventful. But I think the tone is supposed to give you a feel for Mason’s mood. Some beautiful cinematography. The crux of the movie is these two teenagers struggling to overcome the way they were raised to think about love and relationships. Mason’s family is rather dead of real emotion. If they love each other, they don’t know how to show it. Danny has been raised by a mother who is distrustful of men after bad experiences with them and tries to pass on that distrust to Danny, which you see reflected in the way she interacts with boys. There is an interesting scene where she comes on to Mason at a party thinking that’s what boys expect of her, and he stops her because he doesn’t want a cheap casual encounter with her. He wants something deeper. Probably craves it, given his family life. I guess the question is–did Danny die by an unfortunate drug-induced accident, or was it suicide? I think if I was a teen girl in love and my mother wanted to move, I’d run away and stay with my boyfriend. But maybe she didn’t trust Mason on some deep level. Or maybe it was just drugs that made her reasoning impaired.
Bottom line: This movie doesn’t shy away from the crap life sends you, but the character learns and grows and moves on in life at the end of the movie. I rather like films that don’t let their characters succumb to tragedy and crime and depression at the end just to prove how “deep” they are. More often than not, life goes on and you have to learn how to live it.
warning: Spoilers above for the movie and its ending.
Additional thoughts added since I first posted.