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How I Got Lost

2009 1h 27m Drama List
Reviews 51% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A sports writer and his best friend travel to America's heartland to recover after 9/11. Read More Read Less

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Robert Abele Los Angeles Times The problem with writer-director Joe Leonard's well-intentioned road trip is that the skill of his actors is undercut by slick moodiness, dime-store philosophizing and an egregiously low-burning pace. Rated: 2.5/5 Oct 7, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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dave j Monday, February 17, 2014 (2009) How I Got Lost DRAMA Written and directed by Joe Leonard directing the movie "How I Got Lost", which I have to say I got lost just by watching this, since the film can't really decide which person the film is really about. At the beginning, the movie focuses on Andrew (Aaron Stanford), as we see him get out of jail for doing something- I suspect for disorderly conduct. And it just happens that his best friend Jake(Jacob Fishel) paid for his bail. They're both a couple of New Yorkers, and are somehow been affected by the events of 9/11, since Andrew who's involved in stock trading but he often drinks a lot, while Jake whose a sports writer is trying to have a serious relationship with a girl he had met after the attacks, her name is Katie played by Jill Frutkin. Once Andrew get a call informing him that his dad had just died, he then drags his best friend Jake to come along with him instead of telling him the reason why they're going on a road trip, to a small town in Ohio. Once Andrew gets their for his dad's memorial service, he then throws a fit complaining about how they should've called him to inform him that his dad is dying, even though he initially said that he doesn't get along with his dad in the first place. Like does this make any sense, like if someone really cared, wouldn't the son himself call up his dad himself. Why make this burden as someone else's responsibility. Jake on the other hand, meets up with a single mom Leslie (Rosemarie DeWitt) who works at the town's diner, raising her own child who looks no more than a few months old, all by herself with no sight of the father whatsoever. Leslie eventually hooks up with Jake for a one-nighter even though he's committed to Katie back at New York and still gets angry after he finds out that she cheated on him with his best friend. God...this whole movie is baffling. It's like watching the worst drama variation of a Matt Damon and Ben Affleck relationship unfolding before your very eyes, since the movie has 'zero' clarification on the characters actions. Although, theirs many scenes of subtleness, it can only carry the movie for so much. 1 star out of 4 Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A look into the aftermath of everyday people of 9/11 but occasionally loses focus. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Either I wasn't in the mood for this kind of movie, or it was boring. Didn't finish. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member This is the kind of movie I root for. It's an indie flick with an earnest feel, but in the end fumbles around and really doesn't know what it wants to be. Among who knows what else, it's a best friends road trip film. I tried but could never mentally separate the two characters or clearly understand their motivation or direction. I had to conclude that the character development left something to be desired. Indie films often feel this way, but in the end, the best ones somehow solidify and seem to have a point (a story, or some kind of meaning). While I enjoyed some of the individual scenes, in the end this film collapses because it doesn't have much coherence. Three stars are the best I can offer. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie was bad from beginning to end.I know I checked it out at the library because it was free but I really cant understand how I sat there & watched it all Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member It's New York post 911. Andrew (Aaron Stanford) and Jake (Jacob Fishel) are two best friends who are trying to figure out their lives. It didn't quite go as planned. What are they doing here? The timeline is 2001 to August 03 when New York had the massive blackout. This is a little film that trys to show when we all questions after the horrible tragedy of September 11. Strong performances from Stanford and Fishel (who I've not seen before). Also a strong turn for Rosemarie DeWitt (who played Rachel in Rachel Getting Married). One could see this movie going by the way of two whiny twenty somethings who bitch and moan about their lives but it doesn't go their in my opinion. We see these two men go through definitive changes in those two years. Check it out. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A sports writer and his best friend travel to America's heartland to recover after 9/11.
Joe Leonard
Massoumeh Emami, Sam Mestman, Jared Parsons
Joe Leonard
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1h 27m