Wilson

By Angie Raphael

3.5 stars

Written by indie cartoonist Daniel Clowes and directed by Craig Johnson, Wilson is a quirky, funny and sentimental film. Wilson (Woody Harrelson) is a slightly condescending misanthrope, but when his father dies, he decides to reconnect with the only woman he ever really loved, drug addict Pippi (Laura Dern). Wilson always believed Pippi had an abortion after they broke up but when she confesses she gave the baby up for adoption instead, he tracks down their child Claire (Isabella Amara), who is now a chubby and miserable teenager with an outlook on life similar to her father. Wilson is a great protagonist because while he is totally neurotic and some of his actions are rather twisted, he is also innocent and has kind intentions every time he gives unsolicited advice to people he meets. This film is a layered and interesting character study with a story that is never too predictable.


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