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Scriptwriter (Matthew Perry) suffers from a condition called "acute depersonalisation disorder". ADD makes the chronically depressed look happy. To win the girl of his dreams Perry must embark on a journey to ditch his syndrome.

★★★★★

For a film that’s all but straight to DVD, this dark indie rom-com is surprisingly entertaining. It plays a little like About A Boy with no kids and more mental health issues - there’s even the same folksy guitar-pop soundtrack - as Matthew Perry’s depressed Hudson Milbank battles “depersonalisation disorder”, which leaves him feeling disconnected from his life as he tries to win over his true love, Sara (up-and-comer Lynn Collins). A smart script and great supporting turns from the likes of Kevin Pollak and Mary Steenburgen mean that, while it’s similar to lots of films you’ve seen before, it’s still worth seeing. If nothing else, it explains who it is who actually watches the Golf Channel.

For a film that’s all but straight to DVD, this dark indie rom-com is surprisingly entertaining.