Coupland script ill-served by poorly timed direction

Everything's Gone Green

on April 13, 2007 by Kevin Courrier
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Working from a script by Generation X author Douglas Coupland, director Paul Fox has made a film that feels like Generation What. Ryan (Paulo Costanzo) is a geeky aspiring photographer who gets dumped by his trend-setter yuppie girlfriend. While taking pictures for a lottery magazine, Ryan meets principled young woman Ming (Steph Song), for whom he falls head over heels. Unfortunately, she is involved with a corporate shark (JR Bourne) who comes to test the integrity of Ryan in his attempts to win Ming.

In trying to mock the yuppie subculture by poking fun at people who become obsessed with grass grow-ops and pyramid schemes, Fox shoehorns Coupland's generalizations into a lame character comedy, unable to transform the writer's character types into actual people. The jokes are so mistimed that you get them before the punchline arrives. Lacking the richness of a class satire, like Paul Mazursky's Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Everybody's Gone Green still feels green behind the ears. Distributor: First Independent
Cast: Paulo Costanzo, Steph Song and JR Bourne
Director: Paul Fox
Screenwriter: Douglas Coupland
Producers: Chris Nanos, Elizabeth Yake and Henrik Meyer
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Not yet rated
Running time: 95 min.
Release date: April 13, 2007 NY, April 20 LA

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