THE PLOT THUS FAR
When an 11-year-old girl goes missing in Los Angeles, a chain of events is unleashed that will affect several strangers all struggling to find their own paths to redemption.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Answers to Nothing” follows a philandering husband, a depressed Hollywood screenwriter, a vigilante schoolteacher and other citizens of Los Angeles as their daily lives intersect an LAPD detective’s search for a missing child. All around Dane Cook are vignettes of people with atrocious insecurities, hangups and severe mental illness. Worse, you later learn Ryan is a mental health therapist treating one of them. You pretty much have a pyromaniac tending the fire department here. So, what does it all mean for Dane Cook’s character Ryan?
Ryan doesn’t believe in anything, love least of all. He’s angry at his father for abandoning his mother and not telling her the truth. His mother, Marylin, is unquestionably the happiest person in the whole film, although it’s obvious she gets by on nothing more than blind faith. She tried to instill this in Ryan by repeatedly telling him the highly romantic story of how his grandparents met during World War II. Whether or not it happened in the way she tells it, no one knows for sure. I’m not criticizing her for being this way; I’d take happy lies over sad realities any day of the week and twice on Sundays. She even makes a good point about how her love for Ryan lacks empirical evidence. The only way he knows that she loves him is because he believes her when she tells him so.
The DVD comes with a commentary track, deleted scenes, alternate ending and music videos. The A/V Quality is strong enough for an indie drama, but it’s not like the Dolby 5.1 track gets to do much. The A/V Quality is sharp enough, even though I spotted some jaggies from time to time. Still, it’s nice to see a Dane Cook flick that doesn’t insult my intelligence. I’d recommend a rental.
RELEASE DATE: 02/28/2012