Being male, long out of my teenage years and not caring two figs about that dusky period between day and night I thought I’d be immune. It pains me to say it – but I’ve got a serious case of the R-Pattz.
Don’t get me wrong, his first major movie away from the Twilight franchise is not a great one but the 23-year-old displays oodles of enviable James Dean cool and the beginnings of some serious acting skill.
Pattison plays Tyler, a journal-keeping rebellious college student who lives with roommate Aidan (Tate Ellington) in a grubby New York apartment. The friends get involved in a scrape with a police sergeant (Chris Cooper) and when they later realise his daughter Ally (Emilie de Ravin, from Lost) goes to their college, Tyler takes on a dare to date then dump her.
Of course, this act of revenge blossoms into real romance, the pair linked by tragic family histories. Tyler’s brother committed suicide and his dad is an emotionally distant big-time lawyer (Pierce Brosnan). Ally’s father is loving but over-protective following the death of her mother.
Despite being a rich-boy with a daddy issue you can’t help but root for Tyler without knowing why. Ally’s annoying irony (she eats her dessert before her mains because “you never know when you’re going to die”) ends up being inexplicably charming.
The film focuses on the couple’s struggle to repair their damaged souls and find hope amidst their angst. But what could be a reasonable drama tries way too hard to be profound. Scribbling in notebooks and reading Greek tragedies is par for the course for young ‘intellectuals’ but the ending screams of self-importance.
I won’t give it away but it’s unnecessary, unimportant to the plot and the film would be better without it.
Apart from the cop-out climax, Remember Me has other flaws. The script is overwritten and chock full of clichés. The pacing is off and the sex scenes are terrible. It grabs at meaning and lurches between melodramas – but isn’t that what being a moody teen is all about?
The R-Pattz factor will draw thousands of troubled adolescents to the cinema. When they get there Remember Me offers a reasonable melancholic drama which will appeal to their teen turmoil.