The Lookout

Director: Scott Frank
Year Released: 2007
Rating: 1.5

Following a stupid teenager move of driving at night without the lights on (and plowing your vehicle into a parked truck), former hockey phenom/rich kid Joseph Gordon-Levitt goes from being carried in the arms of cheerleaders to being a brain-damaged janitor in a bank - taking full advantage of this, a group of third-rate criminals enlist him to help them rob the joint. Gordon-Levitt is fine as the main character (he's one of the best actors of his generation, like it or not) and Jeff Daniels is excellent as his scene-stealing, visually-impaired cohort, but this is hopelessly stale and derivative, referencing other pictures like The Ice Harvest and Memento but never establishing itself as a unique picture with a unique statement. The view of morality is banal and the ending fraudulently optimistic; Isla Fisher gets the coveted role of being the picture's Piece of Ass.