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Subject: Review: Enganglement (2018)
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               (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

    CAPSULE: This is a pleasant but forgettable relationship 
    film suggested by (inaccurately applied) laws of 
    physics.  Ben is a poor, woebegone soul who finds a 
    woman who is his exact opposite and somehow the two are 
    forever connected.  Ben's life can find its center only 
    if he finds this theoretical woman.  Scripter Jason 
    Filiatrault has an ear for clever, amusing dialog. And 
    director Jason James does well at getting pleasant 
    performances from his actors, but the film gets its 
    biggest contribution from the little pieces of scientific 
    fantasy that creep in at the edges of the story.  Rating: 
    low +2 (-4 to +4) or 7/10

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.  It always gets my goat 
when someone says that if you look at an object you automatically 
change it.  To justify that conclusion they say it is because of 
the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.  One can see stars that have 
gone out of existence centuries ago.  But that interpretation is 
popular pseudoscience.  ENTANGLEMENT is a pleasant comedy-drama 
about two people who are entangled in the same way that quantum 
particles can be forever entangled.

After a marriage that imploded, Ben Layten (played by Thomas 
Middleditch) is so disturbed that he cannot find a reason for his 
life that he simply wants to end it all.  The only support he gets 
is cute but sarcastic talk from his cute, but sarcastic neighbor 
Tabby (Diana Bang).  He tries multiple ways to commit suicide, but 
is unable to succeed.  Then he discovers that his "almost-sister,"-
-the baby his parents would have adopted had his mother not gotten 
pregnant with him--is still living nearby.  He and his almost-
sister, Hanna (Jess Weixler), are entangled like quantum particles.  
Each takes a pop-Science interpretation of his/her life.  Ben has 
mapped his world-line on his living room wall, tracking where he 
changed universes by making some major decision.  Hanna feels the 
same connection, forever bound to Ben.  Hanna and Ben open their 
hearts to each other and form a platonic but science-based 
friendship.  Hanna is in all ways Ben's opposite, a free soul who 
criminally cheats in life, picks locks, and steals wallets in a way 
that is almost endearing.  On the other hand the well-meaning 
neighbor Tabby helps Ben get by honestly and may well seem like a 
better choice for Ben.  She certainly thinks she would be.

Middleditch plays his part as if in the hazy half-sleep that has 
taken over and runs his life.  He constantly looks like he is half 
asleep.  Weixler contrasts his performance with a quick sharpness.  
Her Hanna lives by aphorisms like "everything happens for a 
reason," frequently science-based.  The audience might be s step 
ahead of the script in expecting what is coming. 

This is a pleasant little comedy-drama with maybe a little cosmic 
feeling, about as much as The Big Bang theory has.  I rate 
ENTNGLEMENT a low +2 on the -4 to +4 scale or 7/10.  Don't expect 
the science to be at all accurate.

Film Credits: <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3534294/reference>

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					Mark R. Leeper
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