Monday, July 28, 2008

BRIEF THOUGHTS: Six Degrees of Separation

Director: Fred Schepisi
Starring: Will Smith, Donald Sutherland, Stockard Channing
Synopsis: The lives of a wealthy couple in New York City become intertwined with that of a con artist who claims to be the son of Sydney Poitier.
Thoughts: A great "small" film that more people should see. Will Smith (in one of his first major acting roles) steals the show as Paul, a con artist who weasels his way into the lives of the rich and affluent. The editing is superb - the audience is shown bits and pieces of certain events, only to have their expectations twisted when the context of the full scene is finally revealed. Not only is this simply a great film, but there are plenty of thought-provoking ideas about life, experiences, and relationships left to ponder afterwards. Look for a cameo by J.J. Abrams, and what might be the first reference to Greg Grunberg ("Heroes") in movie history.

Watch the trailer here.


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