I didn't really enjoy it.
Here's what I got out of it. There's this person who is floating through life, trying to do the right things because they are expected of her and she is basically a good person. But she can't "feel" anything - she is numb. She has lost the spark that makes her look forward to what's going to happen next, because she doesn't think anything will happen next. She becomes completely inwardly focused.
She has what she sees as an opportunity to plunge headfirst into an "experience." She starts to feel sensations again - pleasure, fear, joy, pain. She comes out of her fog at some point, though, and realizes that what she is doing is not "good," it has the potential to hurt many people. So, being a "good girl," she tries to minimize that hurt for the person she realizes she cares about the most, her husband. However, her attempts backfire, and she actually hurts everyone (coworker, husband, husband's friend, lover). She still sees herself as a victim, however, not as the initiator of all of this pain. The conclusion comes about when she finally appreciates the life she has, which is "good."
I found this movie to be very unsatisfying. I do think that Jennifer Anniston was incredible in it; she totally recreated herself and was the "anti-Rachel." But I hated the helplessness of all of the characters, and I just wanted to scream at them "Get off your a** and do something about it if you're that miserable!"
Anyone else have thoughts?
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