“I Love Your Work”

I Love Your Work_

By Jae-Ha Kim
Amazon.com
March 4, 2006

Filmed like an art-house project, I Love Your Work offers thoughtful insight to fame from both the celebrity’s and the fan’s points of view. When you’re a celebrity, every fan is a potential stalker. Or at least that’s how movie star Gray Evans (Giovanni Ribisi) sees it. An A-list actor married to a sex symbol, Gray wants to see things clearly in black and white. But his world is a cloudy haze of gray.

Are his flashbacks of a comely girlfriend (Christina Ricci) hallucinations or memories of a simpler, happier time? Are his encounters with a stoic fan (Jason Lee) the prelude to his demise, or the manifestation of his paranoia? Director Adam Goldberg doesn’t make this clear, but that’s also clearly his intent.

The drama offers a charismatic performance by Franka Potente (Run Lola Run, The Bourne Identity) as Gray’s frustrated wife.

But Ribisi–at his twitchiest–is an unconvincing movie star, appearing more like a run-down wannabe than a full-fledged insider. I Love Your Work? Not so much.

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