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Director:  Nacho Vigalondo
Year Released:  2016
Rating:  2.5

Unemployed alkie Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is thrown out of her boyfriend Tim's (Dan Stevens) apartment, so she returns to her suburban hometown to 'reset herself,' meets up with old classmate-turned-bar owner Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) and discovers ... wait for it ... she has the ability to stand in an empty field and make a giant monster appear in Seoul, South Korea that mimics her exact gestures (?!). When it comes to bizarre plots, this is as out-there as they come: to his credit, director Vigalondo, who also wrote the script, tries to make a grand metaphor about the failure to resolve childhood trauma and managing relationships in the age of social media, in which breakups and fall-outs are done so in a (very) public manner, as opposed to being private issues between two people. Even the most open-minded of viewers might find the premise just a bit of a stretch but at least he tried to take the rom-com stuff in a different direction ... and to his benefit, Hathaway and Sudeikis are down for whatever he wants them to do (talk about professionalism!).

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