Screenwriter and actor Mike White’s best work has never been afraid to flaunt its sharp edges, and that was never more true than in his breakthrough film, Chuck & Buck, in which the darkly witty humor of his screenplay was matched by his disarmingly eccentric performance as a childlike but obsessive young man. Born in California in 1970, Mike White is the son of Reverend Mel White, a noted author, pastor, and gay rights activist. Mike White studied at Wesleyan University and after completing his education, he moved to Los Angeles and began pursuing a career as a writer. After a two-year stint collaborating with friend Zak Penn — which resulted in no work that’s been produced to date — White struck out on his own, and scored a lucky break when he was hired as a writer and producer for the WB’s teen drama series Dawson’s Creek. Upon its debut in 1998, Dawson’s Creek was a hit in the ratings, and that same year White received his first screenplay credit for the offbeat teen comedy… read more
I think it was about how some times people try so hard to do good in this world they end up neglecting/destroying themselves in the process. It's about finding a happy medium, being selfless and helping others but at the same time allowing yourself to be happy. It's an easy concept to relate to wanting to do more good than one person is capable of but you have to do what you can and what makes you happy.
What was billed as a light, quirky comedy á la Juno was actually a depressing, disturbing look at mental illness and obsession. It’s still a very good, very well-written movie, but I wasn’t quite prepared for that. Molly Shannon is absolutely brilliant in a cast full of glib performances. She’s the best part of the movie. Also, the dog dies. It’s a very cute and lovable dog. I cried.