I'm Reed Fish

I'm Reed Fish

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Director: Zackary Adler

Cast: Jay Baruchel, Alexis Bledel

     
 

Reed Fish (Jay Baruchel of Million Dollar Baby and Undeclared) seems to be leading the life he's supposed to. He's followed in the footsteps of his late father, doing an early-morning radio show with the town's mayor, Maureen (Katey Sagal), through which theSee more details below

Overview

Reed Fish (Jay Baruchel of Million Dollar Baby and Undeclared) seems to be leading the life he's supposed to. He's followed in the footsteps of his late father, doing an early-morning radio show with the town's mayor, Maureen (Katey Sagal), through which the eccentric locals of Mud Meadows voice their complaints and have them addressed. He produces the show with his old high school buddy, Frank (Victor Rasuk), and he's engaged to be married to another high school chum, the gorgeous Kate Peterson (Alexis Bledel), whose dad (Blake Clark) seems to own every business in town. But Reed's plans are upended when his high school sweetheart, Jill (Schuyler Fisk), comes back to town. She's supposed to be away at law school, but she confides to Reed that she quit school years ago, and has been working as a waitress while she fruitlessly pursues a career in music. Reed encourages her to play on Open Mike Night at the local bar. He inspires her to find her voice, which leads to some complications in his relationship with Kate, forcing Reed to reexamine every aspect of his safe, secure life. I'm Reed Fish also features performances by DJ Qualls, Chris Parnell, and Shiri Appleby. The comedy marks the feature debut of director Zackary Adler, and had its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
I'm Reed Fish is a reasonably engaging romantic comedy, featuring endearing performances from its young leads. Jay Baruchel, as Reed, utilizes the same goofy gawkiness that made his work on Undeclared such a pleasure, while Schuyler Fisk exudes a refreshing guilelessness as "the other woman" in his life, and she pulls off a convincing musical number, to boot. The supporting cast is equally fine. These are enjoyable people to spend time with, and that helps give the sense that Mud Meadows is a friendly community, despite the presence of a few cranks. The story putters along amiably enough until its sneaky film-within-a-film framework reveals itself. Once the cleverness of that moment subsides, the film snags on its malnourished framing story. The film-within-a-film conceit actually detracts from the main story, and more cynical viewers might see it as a cynical way to throw a little crafty but wholly unnecessary ingenuity into an otherwise routine if well-executed small-town romantic comedy. In the film, the "fictional" part of the story is presented as a bit of a ruse, but ironically it's the making-a-movie-about-making-a-movie aspect that comes across as somewhat weak and contrived. I'm Reed Fish demonstrates a lot of talent, but it's another case of a neophyte filmmaker not recognizing where his true strengths lie, and feeling the need to embellish a perfectly charming first feature with distracting whistles and bells.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2007
UPC:
0025195015431
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG
Source:
Screen Media
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
84,152

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Baruchel Reed Fish
Alexis Bledel Kate Peterson
Schuyler Fisk Jill,Jill Cavanaugh
D.J. Qualls Actor,Andrew
A.J. Cook Actor,Theresa
Blake Clark Kate's Father
Victor Rasuk Frank,Frank Cortez
Katey Sagal Maureen
Chris Parnell Actor,Ralph
Shiri Appleby Actor,Woman

Technical Credits
Zackary Adler Director
Bader Alwazzan Producer
Carol Barlow Casting
Brendan Beebe Sound/Sound Designer
Roddy Bottum Score Composer
Doug Chamberlain Cinematographer
Reed Fish Screenwriter
Kerry Foster Executive Producer
Akiva Goldsman Executive Producer
Kasper Hugentobler Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Mihalke Executive Producer
Ariana Nakata Production Designer
Toby Record Musical Direction/Supervision
Yuka Ruell Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- I'm Reed Fish
1. The Fish Show [7:29]
2. Jill [4:31]
3. Kate [4:21]
4. My Life [6:33]
5. Technical Difficulties [5:16]
6. Everything Will Work Out [7:08]
7. Crash Landing [11:11]
8. I'm Not Ready [5:00]
9. Rock Bottom [9:26]
10. Why Aren't We Together? [5:09]
11. The Wedding [5:57]
12. A New Voice [9:31]
13. Screening Party [5:07]
14. A Happy Ending [2:27]
15. End Credits [3:59]

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