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This review is from: Barefoot [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
To look at him, you wouldn't think that Jay Wheeler (Scott Speedman) was the son of wealthy parents (Treat Williams and Kate Burton). He's scruffy, on parole, a man with a Masters degree mopping floors in a mental institution, and wondering how he's going to pay back $37,000 the money he borrowed and lost at gambling before the lender of the money beats him to a pulp. He's a loser, irresponsible financially, irresponsible socially, and he certainly doesn't seem to have a high regard for the feelings of the female sex. The last thing he needs is a kooky and naïve mental patient called Daisy (Evan Rachel Wood) latching onto him when his taste in women amounts to semi-naked erotic dancers. Now he's received an invite to his brother's wedding and perhaps this might be the perfect opportunity to wheedle the money from his dad. Trouble is, his parents expect him to take a girlfriend as a wedding guest. Jay thinks of Daisy.
Barefoot (2014) is a breath of fresh air after some of the 2014 disappointments I have seen lately. Although Evan Rachel Wood's behaviour is a bit cringe-worthy at times, Wood plays the role just perfectly - her face, when she's on the verge of tears, nearly set me off crying too - and while I really liked Daisy, I could not help but hope that Jay's debtors would catch up with him and kick him around the block a few times to knock some sense into him. I don't think it's quite as good as Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, or Must Love Dogs, but it's pretty close. I found it totally absorbing and if you want a no-brainer comedy, with a dash of romance, this is it.
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