Main Plot Points:
- Ted Morgan (Seann William Scott) has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for creating the shell of a person he has become.
- But life is tricky. The more determined Ted is to confront his demons, to get closure, and to withdraw from his family, the more Ted is yanked into the chaos of their lives. So, when Ted Morgan decides to kill himself, he finds a reason to live.
What We Thought:
- Just Before I Go is a pretty solid dark comedy from director Courteney Cox. Yup the Friends star directed this one.
- I’m a big fan of dark comedies. Give me a depressed guy who wants to off himself and I’ll watch it any day of the week. Give me one with a great cast (especially people I really like) and I’ll thoroughly enjoy your film.
- I’ve always liked Seann William Scott’s work. Sure most people think of him for the American Pie flicks and Dude, Where’s My Car?, but he’s done some other really good movies as well. He’s very good in this as the depressed Ted and it’s probably his best work since the royally underrated Goon.
- The supporting cast is a nice mix including one of my personal favorites Garret Dillahunt. Dillahunt is always great and I don’t think he’s ever gotten the credit he deserves for being such a good actor especially in comedic roles. He’s so good in this as the non-PC police officer who happens to be Ted’s older brother.
- Add in Kate Walsh who I won’t even hint at what she does in this movie, Rob Riggle who’s always good for laughs, Jack McGee, David Arquette and Elisha Cuthbert and you have my attention. Then there’s Olivia Thirlby who I’m starting to fall in love with. With charming and comedic roles like this and The Wedding Ringer, she should easily be the next Rose Byrne.
- The one negative of the film is that the high school storyline with the nephew seemed unnecessary. I know it does tie the stories together, but it just seemed tacked on. It’s a popular topic of today, but it just didn’t seem all that necessary to me. I cared more about Ted and whether he would kill himself than I did the high school student and that’s how it should be.
- Just Before I Go is the dark comedy I was expecting from Adult Beginners. I liked it a lot. It’s another solid lead role for Seann William Scott. It’s another funny character for Garret Dillahunt and it continues my crush on Olivia Thirlby. If you liked Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife, another recent dark comedy with a big cast, you’ll like this.
- Director Commentary
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Seann William Scott
- Garret Dillahunt
- Olivia Thirlby
- Kate Walsh
- Courteney Cox (Directed by)
Recommended if You Like:
- Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife
- God Bless America
- Dark Comedies
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