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The anecdote which is often bandied about when it comes to a team is that the whole is greater than sum of all the parts.  Well, the inverse can also be true at times.  The whole can be less than the sum of all the parts.  The US Olympic basketball team four years ago is a prime example.  Also, the Minnesota Twins before they lost Torii Hunter and traded away Johan Santana.  The same can be said of movies.  There can be a wonderful cast of actors, Jessica Alba, the guy from Thank You For Smoking, some kid actor who does a pretty good job, and Elizabeth Banks.  With a great premise, the odds of failure are even more far-fetched.  But sometimes they drop the ball.  And lose it.  And never buy a new one.

Now playing, at least in small mainstream theaters in the Midwest (it opened April 4th in Minneapolis and St. Louis, May 9th everywhere else), is Meet Bill, the latest movie to look incredible in the trailers and greatly disappoint in the actual painful film itself.

Meet Bill is the story of Bill.  Bill is married and working as the vice president of Human Resources at the bank owned by his father-in-law.  He hates his job, he hates his in-laws, and he just found out that his wife is having an affair with Chip Johnson, the on-the-scene news guy at a local affiliate.  Bill attacks Chip twice, causing him to be branded as a “deranged fan,” and a video of Bill’s wife and Chip makes it unto the Internet.  Bill then has the high schooler he is mentoring get him back on the right track in life.  He smokes some weed, begins swimming again, and hangs out with his gay brother.  That’s the main run down.

Meet Bill played like The Weatherman meets The Girl Next Door.  Characters are left completely undeveloped, or stopped halfway through what would certainly be an interesting character study.  The Sergeant’s gay lover is one prime example of that.  He starts out as a completely sympathetic character, then moves on to become arrogant and condescending.  Why?  What happens next?  None of those issues are examined.  The characters in this film are wholly amoral, not because they don’t care, but because the script is so careless as to not take a look into that information.  Parts of it are funny, parts are interesting, but is it is trying to present a message similar to that of American Beauty, that we must find what makes us happy and go for it, Meet Bill fails to convince.

Meeting Bill could be one of the worst acquaintance decisions you have ever made.

This film is able to be seen at your local movie theater.

Meet Bill site.

Nathaniel Jonet

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