Life: A User's Manual (2001)

PG   |    |  Drama, Romance, Comedy


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A young Nigerian man on the verge of being in an arranged marriage, suddenly questions his situation after an encounter with a stunning Latin woman, who is also about to be married.


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  • James Wilby and Natalie Verbeke are a young couple facing trials in life and love
  • Natalia Verbeke in Life: A User's Manual (2001)
  • Tunde Adebimpe contemplating his arranged marriage
  • Tunde Adebimpe and Natalia Verbeke in Life: A User's Manual (2001)
  • Tunde Adebimpe in a magical moment
  • Hippolyte Girardot and Tunde Adebimpe play a pair of strangers who meet at the airport

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26 July 2001 | gkleinman
A Perfect 'Indie' Date Movie
Jump Tomorrow is one of those smart and funny films you just can't help but like. A first time effort from writer/director Joel Hopkins , Jump Tomorrow is a fresh breath of air and an absolute relief from the bevy of re-hashed romantic comedies which find their way into theaters. At the center of Jump Tomorrow is George (portrayed by first time star Tunde Adebimpe), a very serious, composed, and all too contained Nigerian. At times George reminds me of Woody Allen or M. Hulot as he awkwardly stumbles through his life on a journey to the inevitable. But it's the journey that has an impact on George and watching that change is both humorous and entertaining.

Joel Hopkins has a lot of the same qualities as director Wes Anderson (who directed the fantabulous Rushmore) - he has a sense of framing, music and pacing that is funny, but not at the expense of the characters. Over the course of the movie you really get to know and like these characters, feel for their struggle and can revel in their personal triumphs. It's rare that you get that from a Romantic Comedy, and for that I'd definitely recommend Jump Tomorrow. Think of it as the perfect 'indie' date movie!

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