Steve Goble

Choose life. (Deuteronomy 30:19)

For Paul, every person is a new door to a new world.
Fairly bland con-artist movie, in which Will Smith (as "Paul") lies his way into his friend's schoolfriends' parents' lives.

An early obstacle to identifying with the principle characters is the speed with which they are willing to trust this stranger, particularly given Paul's shortage of charisma.

However where the film does sparkle is in its dialogue, offering much philosophising to reflect on, particularly of what part imagination plays in our perceptions of the world around us. The script's verbosity also lends the victims a terrific depth, even if it is tough to accept their motivations. The editing too is slick, really seizing one's attention early on, and clarifying the sprawling plot whilst simultaneously stimulating one's concentration on it.

It all drags towards the end, but the script is smart enough not to provide all the answers.


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