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The Lookout
Release Date: March 30, 2007
Studio: Miramax Films
Director: Scott Frank
Scott Frank
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Isla Fisher, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Aaron Berg, Kalyn Bomback, Alex Borstein, Paul Christie, Sergio Di Zio, Morgan Kelly, Suzanne Kelly, Tracy McMahon, Toni Reimer, Janaya Stephens, Laura Vandervoort, Courtney-Jane White
Genre: Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for language, some violence and sexual content)
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lookout-011.jpg (49 K) "The Lookout" marks Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Scott Frank's ("Out of Sight"), directorial debut. The intelligent crime drama is centered around Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "Mysterious Skin"), a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist. The film also stars Jeff Daniels ("The Squid and the Whale"), Isla Fisher ("The Wedding Crashers"), Matthew Goode ("Match Point") and Carla Gugino ("Night at the Museum"). More here
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Substance triumphs over style in this satisfying thriller for grown-ups
Stephanie Zacharek

A sure-footed, restrained picture, in which the characters are allowed to drive the action -- not the other way around.

Oh, The Humanity of a Heist
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice

Noir screenwriter makes strong directorial debut; Joseph Gordon-Levitt awes again in character-driven theft thriller... Gordon-Levitt's worth the admission all by his lonesome. He's that good - the proverbial young man with an old soul who brings unexpected depth, complexity, and sincerity to what could have been just another damaged-guy role. He's the one to look out for.

First-time director Scott Frank pulls off an enjoyable thriller thanks to his strong script.
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

An effective homage to the kind of small-scale thrillers we never forget. We can't avoid knowing where The Lookout is headed, but we are so deep inside its characters' heads that we wouldn't want to go anywhere else.

Remind me -- are we robbing a bank?
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Although filmmaker Scott Frank is unable to sustain the initial intensity, he does a credible job of not signaling where the story is heading and ramps up excitement with a number of unexpected twists and turns.

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