A Long Way Down
Four people meet on a roof top in London on New Year’s Eve – they are potential ‘jumpers’. The disgraced talk show host, the single mother, the politician’s daughter, and the mediocre American rock star are randomly thrown together and awkwardly form a sort of support group for each other.
The group sign a pact that they will not commit suicide before Valentine’s Day. A lot happens to them in the next month, but at least now they have each other to lean on. Who will make it and decide to live life, and who will not?
Although this film is pegged as a comedy/drama, there is room for a bit of romantic action. All four actors do a pretty good job with this Hornby novel, particularly Collette who never fails to perform expertly in these kinds of roles.
I’m not over-excited about this flick, but nor am I overly critical. It does flow well, the story hangs together easily, and it contains some touching issues. It’s worth a watch, mainly because Toni Collette is such a terrific actor.