Diagnosed with terminal cancer, otherwise typical teen Dylan Jamieson (Michael Angarano) appears on a local TV show — courtesy of a charity that grants wishes to dying kids — and makes an unusual last request: a date with hot supermodel Nikki Sinclaire (Sunny Mabrey). But Dylan may be in for a disappointment when he learns that his dream babe isn’t so pretty on the inside. Cynthia Nixon co-stars in director Alex Steyermark’s bittersweet comedy.
I first saw this late one Saturday night after I just finished watching “Rumor Has It”, which has become in my books – possibly unfairly – the very best example of an all-star cast, with a big name director, involved in a completely uninspired film. When I put this one on, I started liking it in the very first seconds of the first shot: out of focus leaves rustling in a tree in a park. As the credits roll the scene moves from the park to the downtown of an industrial borough in the Philadelphia area, each shot seems to cut just at the point they become interesting -- sort of a stylistic metaphor of the story of a life radically shortened. I often wonder if I’m wrong for being a fan of a film that many would consider a fairly so-so “throw away” film, so I put it on every so often to check it out. My opinion hasn’t changed yet -- I’ll stick with it a while longer. I’m not going to say everything about this movie it great or good – for one, there’s a few straw-men and women here and there -- but I do feel in every moment that the people who made this film loved it, which in my books is a very important element in an inspiration molecule.