Paul Giamatti is a great actor, and he rally shows his ability in this… I guess I would say comedy-drama, but it is much more complex than that. The film is written and directed by Sophie Barthes (Happiness), and focuses on many funny and dramatic things in a movie like I have really never seen.
Paul Giamatti plays himself, struggling to act because he gets to involved in the characters, and develops mental and physical health problems from them, not in a permanent way, but in a more ulseric way. When Giamatti discovers a company that stores “souls,” he laughs about it, but then goes there to see what its all about, and ends up having his soul taken out, which causes both hilarity and dramatic scenes to ensue.
The best aspects of this film are Paul Giamatti’s Oscar-Nomination-worthy performance, and the writing of the film is that of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless or the Science of Sleep…. The film just generally reminded me of a Michel Gondry film.
Bottom Line: B. The film has excellent acting, but lacks interest on way to many parts to be very good.