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Barefoot review
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Saccharine indie romance

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If you like nauseatingly cute movies featuring charisma-free male leads (Scott Speedman, in this case) falling in love with (blech) "manic pixie dream girls" (Evan Rachel Wood gets the honor here), then 'Barefoot' might be your cup of tea.

I'm not really a fan of such movies myself, so -- while I'll admit that 'Barefoot' passes the time, I felt like I needed a dental appointment after I finished watching it.

At least Wood's character "Daisy" is basically nice -- for a grown woman who, inexplicably (given the film's oh-so-dramatic revelation), acts about 8 years old. Speedman, on the other hand, (I've already forgotten his character's name) is basically a jerk throughout the entire movie -- though I think we're supposed to "root" for him. (I didn't.)

As for the mental institution where these two characters meet -- it's undoubtedly the LEAST realistic one that I've ever seen portrayed onscreen. Actually, on the like-that-would-ever-really-happen scale, 'Barefoot' rates so high with these mental institution scenes that it's almost entertaining... but not entertaining enough to save this basically harmless, yet far too cutesy and implausible film. (4/10)

Added by thaskett
3 years ago on 20 February 2015 23:17

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