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At Theaters: 12/14/2001 On Video: 5/21/2002
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 16 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 369905
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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David Aames appears to lead a charmed life, yet he seems to be missing something. In one night David meets a girl of his dreams and loses her by making a small mistake. Thrust unexpectedly onto a roller-coaster ride, David finds himself on a mind-bending search for his soul and discovers the precious, ephemeral nature of true love.
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Romantic Thriller Drama - Fans of Tom Cruise are the only audience likely to enjoy this suspenseless remake of the Spanish thriller Abre los Ojos. Fans of the original film will not enjoy this tension- and style- free update. Sexual content makes the film inappropriate for youngsters.
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Tom Cruise MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2, MAGNOLIA, EYES WIDE SHUT
Penelope Cruz CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN, BLOW
Kurt Russell 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND, SOLDIER, BREAKDOWN
Cameron Diaz SHREK, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY
Director: Cameron Crowe ALMOST FAMOUS
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PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Nudity, one rough sex scene, sex talk.
VIOLENCE: A smothering with a pillow; a man is beaten.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Lots of alcohol.
ACTION: A car crash.
COMEDY: Some comic dialogue.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Vanilla Sky answers all the questions it poses and wraps up most (if not all) of the dangling plot threads. However, while the explanations come in the final fifteen minutes, the most rewarding aspect of the film is the journey to that point - trying to outguess the script, enjoying the carefully constructed romance and appreciating the details and nuances contributed by a director who knows what he's doing. ''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "Think it all the way through, and Cameron Crowe's "Vanilla Sky" is a scrupulously moral picture.  I've seen it two times. I went to a second screening because after the first screening I thought I knew what had happened, but was nagged by the idea that certain things might not have happened the way I thought they had. Now that I've seen it twice, I think I understand it, or maybe not.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Above Average "Dazzling in parts but rough going as a whole, writer/director Crowe's variation is, of all things, tedious (a first for him), especially in early scenes. Veering close to discomforting self-parody as a has-it-all magazine magnate, Cruise fails to click with his role from the start — and even in later scenes, when the idea of a cover-boy actor sporting a wrecked face would seem to have dramatic possibilities.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "An overblown Twilight Zone episode, this nearly scene-for-scene remake of 1998's slickly creepy "Open Your Eyes" feels enervated and logy, its energy sucked into the vacuum of Tom Cruise's star power.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 169 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
9
High
89%
13-19Teens (F)
17
Very Low
71%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
29
High
90%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
35
Fairly High
74%
30+Adults (M)
29
Very Low
41%
30+Adults (F)
50
Very Low
42%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 169 moviegoer opinions. WOW, what a surprise. Most moviegoers did not enjoy "Vanilla Sky." It is extremely rare to see a movie receive so many very low opinions. I would recommend that you read all that we provide for this movie before deciding to see it. From these opinions I would say your chances of enjoying this movie are very low, UNLESS your taste in movies runs close to that of movie critics, who enjoyed "Vanilla Sky," as did a few of our moviegoers.

The one main complaint was that the story was very confusing. You couldn't tell what was going on. This same thing is what the moviegoers who rated this movie high, said they liked about the movie. So, if you enjoy strange storylines that make you think and try to figure out what's going on, you will probably enjoy "Vanilla Sky."

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
Sorry, I wasn't given an advance screening of this movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Snowboarding through life, David Aames (Tom Cruise) appears to lead a charmed life. Handsome, wealthy and charismatic, the young New York City publishing executive's freewheeling existence is enchanting, yet he seems to be missing something.

In one night David meets a girl of his dreams and loses her by making a small mistake. Thrust unexpectedly onto a roller-coaster ride of romance, comedy, suspicion, love, sex and dreams, David finds himself on a mind-bending search for his soul and discovers the precious, ephemeral nature of true love.

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