Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, United States. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, West Los Angeles on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, Venice on the south; the Census Bureau population for Santa Monica in 2010 was 89,736. Due in part to an agreeable climate, Santa Monica became a famed resort town by the early 20th century; the city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core, significant job growth and increased tourism. The Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park remain popular destinations. Santa Monica was long inhabited by the Tongva people. Santa Monica was called Kecheek in the Tongva language; the first non-indigenous group to set foot in the area was the party of explorer Gaspar de Portolà, who camped near the present-day intersection of Barrington and Ohio Avenues on August 3, 1769. Named after the Christian saint Monica, there are two different accounts of how the city's name came to be.
One says it was named in honor of the feast day of Saint Monica, but her feast day is May 4. Another version says it was named by Juan Crespí on account of a pair of springs, the Kuruvungna Springs, that were reminiscent of the tears Saint Monica shed over her son's early impiety. In Los Angeles, several battles were fought by the Californios. Following the Mexican–American War, Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which gave Mexicans and Californios living in state certain unalienable rights. US government sovereignty in California began on February 2, 1848. In the 1870s the Los Angeles and Independence Railroad, connected Santa Monica with Los Angeles, a wharf out into the bay; the first town hall was a modest 1873 brick building a beer hall, now part of the Santa Monica Hostel. It is Santa Monica's oldest extant structure. By 1885, the town's first hotel was the Santa Monica Hotel. Amusement piers became enormously popular in the first decades of the 20th century and the extensive Pacific Electric Railroad brought people to the city's beaches from across the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Around the start of the 20th century, a growing population of Asian Americans lived in and around Santa Monica and Venice. A Japanese fishing village was near the Long Wharf while small numbers of Chinese lived or worked in Santa Monica and Venice; the two ethnic minorities were viewed differently by White Americans who were well-disposed towards the Japanese but condescending towards the Chinese. The Japanese village fishermen were an integral economic part of the Santa Monica Bay community. Donald Wills Douglas, Sr. built a plant in 1922 at Clover Field for the Douglas Aircraft Company. In 1924, four Douglas-built planes took off from Clover Field to attempt the first aerial circumnavigation of the world. Two planes returned after covering 27,553 miles in 175 days, were greeted on their return September 23, 1924, by a crowd of 200,000; the Douglas Company kept facilities in the city until the 1960s. The Great Depression hit Santa Monica deeply. One report gives citywide employment in 1933 of just 1,000.
Hotels and office building owners went bankrupt. In the 1930s, corruption infected Santa Monica; the federal Works Project Administration helped build several buildings, most notably City Hall. The main Post Office and Barnum Hall were among other WPA projects. Douglas's business grew astronomically with the onset of World War II, employing as many as 44,000 people in 1943. To defend against air attack, set designers from the Warner Brothers Studios prepared elaborate camouflage that disguised the factory and airfield; the RAND Corporation began as a project of the Douglas Company in 1945, spun off into an independent think tank on May 14, 1948. RAND acquired a 15-acre campus between the Civic Center and the pier entrance; the completion of the Santa Monica Freeway in 1966 brought the promise of new prosperity, though at the cost of decimating the Pico neighborhood, a leading African American enclave on the Westside. Beach volleyball is believed to have been developed by Duke Kahanamoku in Santa Monica during the 1920s.
The Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome is a National Historic Landmark. It sits on the Santa Monica Pier, built in 1909; the La Monica Ballroom on the pier was once the largest ballroom in the US and the source for many New Year's Eve national network broadcasts. The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium was an important music venue for several decades and hosted the Academy Awards in the 1960s. McCabe's Guitar Shop is a leading acoustic performance space as well as retail outlet. Bergamot Station is a city-owned art gallery compound; the city is home to the California Heritage Museum and the Angels Attic dollhouse and toy museum. The New West Symphony is the resident orchestra of Barnum Hall, they are resident orchestra of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center and the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Santa Monica has three main shopping districts: Montana Avenue on the north side, the Downtown District in the city's core, Main Street on the south end; each has personality. Montana Avenue is a stretch of luxury boutique stores and small offices that features more upscale shopping.
The Main Street district offers an eclectic mix of clothing and other specialty retail. The Downtown District is the home of the Third Street Promenade, a major outdoor pedestrian-on
Keane is a 2004 American drama film written and directed by Lodge Kerrigan. Set in New York City, it focuses on a mentally disturbed man trying to come to terms with the abduction of his daughter several months earlier and the relationship he develops with a young girl and her mother; the film premiered at the 2004 Telluride Film Festival and was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, the Deauville Film Festival, where it won both the Critics Award and the Jury Special Prize, before it went into limited theatrical release in New York City on September 9, 2005. Searching for his missing daughter Sophia in the Port Authority Bus Terminal, from which she was abducted several months earlier, William Keane confronts ticket agents and random passersby with a newspaper account of her disappearance, but no one recalls seeing the little girl. After spending the night wandering the streets and sleeping along the side of the highway, he returns to the cheap hotel where he is living and finds he is unable to get into his room.
The desk clerk tells him his payment is in arrears, Keane covers the cost of another week's stay with a disability check. Alone in his hotel room, Keane drinks beer and talks to himself about his ex-wife and the birth of their daughter, he reads the clippings about another abducted New Jersey girl, found and reunited with her parents he keeps in an envelope, he makes contact with a drug dealer and purchases cocaine, the more he ingests the more paranoid he becomes, certain he is being followed and watched and going so far as physically attacking a man he believed was watching him. He goes to a nightclub and snorts coke with a woman named Michelle has sex in a bathroom stall with her. Back at his motel, Keane meets Lynn Bedik and her daughter Kira, close in age to his missing child. Lynn is having financial difficulties, he insists she take the $100 he offers her, she asks Keane to watch Kira for a few hours calls the motel and leaves a message she will not be returning that night as planned.
Keane reassures a despondent Kira, who fears Lynn has abandoned her, that her mother loves her and will be back. The following day, Keane teaches her how to ice skate. While they are playing skee ball in the adjacent arcade, Keane believes he is being watched by another patron and becomes agitated. Kira manages to calm they return to the motel; when Lynn arrives she explains she was with Kira's father Eric, who has arranged for them to move to Albany, New York, where he has found a job. Desperate not to lose Kira because she reminds him so much of Sophia, Keane goes to her school, takes her without permission, brings her with him to the Port Authority to meet her mother there and board a bus to Albany. There he sends her to buy candies, as his daughter had done several months earlier, just minutes before she was abducted, it seems as if Keane is reviving the tragic loss of his daughter expecting the abductor to show up again and try this time to abduct Kira too — as he was expecting him to show up every time he was visiting the station for all those months, imagining his plan and his schedule.
This doesn't happen. He cries for his losses and decides to get her to her mother. Kira tells him she loves him and he says he loves her too. Damian Lewis as William Keane Abigail Breslin as Kira Bedik Amy Ryan as Lynn Bedik Christopher Evan Welch as Motel Clerk Tina Holmes as Michelle Liza Colón-Zayas as 1st Ticket Agent John Tormey as 2nd Ticket Agent Chris Bauer as Bartender A film about child abduction was prompted by Lodge Kerrigan's fear of his own daughter disappearing during a shopping excursion. "I realized, how in just four minutes, four minutes! Your child could be abducted. Your life could be changed forever and there would be no way to recover from it. I knew that kind of visceral feeling would be a good starting point." The result was In God's Hands, produced by Steven Soderbergh and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, which centered on the disintegration of a family after a child had been abducted. The film never was released due to "irreversible negative damage." With nothing left of his film to salvage, Kerrigan began researching and writing a new project that became Keane.
Kerrigan knew the location of the film would be a key plot element, he wrote much of the script while walking around New York City, trying to get a feel for the main character and their surroundings. "It was exhilarating. I wrote a lot of the film there as well. I would go and play out a scene and try to act it out... to some degree try to find the emotions, by recreating, beat by beat, his mindset, the abduction of his daughter. It all goes back to location... when you are working in the actual area, you can answer all of the questions that would arise with much more immediacy."The film was shot with a handheld camera with single takes lasting up to four minutes with no cutaways. It has no musical score. Shooting was completed within 32 days, many of the Manhattan and North Bergen, New Jersey locations Kerrigan selected were remote, unfamiliar streets and backdrops used to help emphasise the downward spiral of the central character. "Poverty is part of it... people who suffer from mental illness are marginalized...and that place, the surrounding area, with all the confusion, the buses and people coming in and out... it is an appropriate location."
Keane has received 83% fresh ratings on the film review website rottentomatoes based on 59 reviews. Todd McCarthy of Variety observed, "Watching Lewis so inhabit the demented Keane, one can only wonder how an actor can live with
The Good Shepherd (film)
The Good Shepherd is a 2006 spy film produced and directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and De Niro, with an extensive supporting cast. Although it is a fictional film loosely based on real events, it is advertised as telling the untold story of the birth of counter-intelligence in the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1961, senior CIA officer Edward Wilson receives a photograph and tape recording after the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion, obtains a coded signal from "Cardinal.” In 1939, attending Yale University, Edward is invited to join Bones. In his initiation, he reveals that he discovered but never read the suicide note left by his father, an admiral, to be named Secretary of the Navy until his loyalties were questioned. FBI agent Sam Murach recruits Edward to expose professor Dr. Fredericks as a Nazi spy, leading to Fredericks' resignation. Edward is seduced by Margaret "Clover" Russell. General Bill Sullivan offers Edward a post in London with the OSS. Clover's brother John tells Edward.
Edward marries Clover and accepts Sullivan’s offer, leaving his new wife for London where he finds Dr. Fredericks a British intelligence operative who recommended Edward for counter-espionage training. Special Operations Executive officer Arch Cummings tells Edward that Fredericks' indiscreet liaisons pose a security risk. In post-war Berlin, Edward collaborates with Soviet counterpart "Ulysses". Learning Clover is having an affair, Edward sleeps with his interpreter Hanna Schiller. After six years, Edward returns home to a distant Clover, preferring to be called Margaret, helps Sullivan form the CIA with colleague Richard Hayes under Phillip Allen. Monitoring Soviet activity in Central America, Edward recognizes Ulysses, who sends him an agent’s severed finger. Valentin Mironov convinces Edward. Edward encounters Laura and rekindles their romance, until Margaret confronts him with compromising photographs, he ends the affair. Another Soviet defector claims he is the real Mironov and the imposter is a double-agent.
Tortured and administered liquid LSD, he ridicules his interrogators before hurling himself out a window. The first defector, watching with Edward, offers to take LSD to prove his innocence, but Edward declines. At Yale, his son Edward Jr. joins Skull and Bones and is approached by the CIA. Despite Margaret’s pleas, Edward Jr. joins the agency. When he overhears Edward and Hayes discuss the upcoming Bay of Pigs invasion, Edward warns him to remain silent. Margaret moves out. In 1961, the tape recording leads CIA specialists to deduce the photograph may have been taken in Léopoldville. There, Edward realizes the tape are of his son, he meets Ulysses, who plays the unedited tape of Edward Jr. repeating the conversation he overheard to his lover Miriam, a Soviet spy, unknowingly leaking the upcoming invasion. Encouraged to spy for the Soviets in exchange for his son’s protection, Edward confronts his son, who refuses to believe Miriam is a spy. Edward exposes Mironov as Cummings as a co-conspirator, who flees to Moscow.
Ulysses’ aide is revealed to be “Cardinal,” Edward's mole. Edward and Margaret arrive separately in the Congo for Edward Jr.'s wedding to Miriam. Edward informs his son of her death and denies responsibility, but is shaken to learn she was pregnant. Edward meets Hayes at the new CIA headquarters, noting the lobby’s Biblical inscription: "And ye shall know the truth, the truth shall make you free." Allen is resigning in disgrace, the President has named Hayes the new Director of the CIA, appoints Edward the first head of counter-intelligence. Edward reads his father’s suicide note, learning that he had betrayed his country but urged his son to live a life of decency and truth. Edward sadly burns the note, leaves his old office for his new wing in the CIA. Matt Damon portrayed Sr.. He is the film's main character based on James Jesus Angleton and on covert operations specialist Richard Bissell Angelina Jolie as Margaret "Clover" Russell Wilson Robert De Niro as General William "Bill" Sullivan -- based on William J. Donovan Alec Baldwin as FBI Agent Samuel "Sam" Murach William Hurt as CIA Director Philip Allen.
E. Cummings, a real life confidant of Angleton. Tammy Blanchard as Laura Michael Gambon as Dr. Fredericks Timothy Hutton as Admiral Thomas Wilson, based on James Forrestal. John Sessions as Valentin Mironov #1/Yuri Modin. Keir Dullea as Senator John Russell, Sr. Martina Gedeck as Hanna Schiller Gabriel Macht as John Russell, Jr. Lee Pace as Deputy Director Richard Hayes. Cast notes The Good Shepherd marked Joe Pesci's return to acting after an eight-year absence from the screen following Lethal Weapon 4. After The Good Shepherd
War of the Worlds (2005 film)
War of the Worlds is a 2005 American science-fiction action film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh Friedman and David Koepp, loosely based on the 1898 novel of the same title by H. G. Wells and jointly produced and released by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures, it stars Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto, Tim Robbins, with narration by Morgan Freeman. In the film, an American dock worker is forced to look after his children, from whom he lives separately, as he struggles to protect them and reunite them with their mother when extraterrestrials invade the Earth and devastate cities with towering war machines; the film was shot in 73 days, using five different sound stages as well as locations in California, New Jersey, New York, Virginia. The film was surrounded by a secrecy campaign. Tie-in promotions were made including Hitachi; the film was released in the United States on June 29 and in United Kingdom on July 1. War of the Worlds received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, becoming 2005's fourth most successful film both domestically and worldwide, with $234 million in North America, $591 million overall.
The film earned three Academy Awards nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing. An opening narration based on the opening of Wells' novel explains that humans were unaware that a race of extraterrestrials was making plans to occupy Earth. Ray Ferrier is a charming but self-absorbed crane operator longshoreman who works at a dock in Brooklyn, New York and lives in Bayonne, New Jersey. Ray is estranged from his children, his former wife, Mary Ann drops off the children, 10-year-old daughter Rachel and teenage son Robbie, at Ray's house on her way to visit her parents in Boston. Unexplained changes in the weather occur, with lightning that strikes multiple times in the middle of an intersection and disrupts all electricity. Ray joins the crowd at the scene of the lightning strikes, where a massive "tripod" war machine emerges from the ground and uses powerful weaponry to destroy the area, disintegrating most of the witnesses into a grey dust and leaving only their empty clothes behind.
Ray collects his children, steals a car that had just been repaired, drives to Mary Ann's empty home in suburban New Jersey to take refuge. The next morning, he finds. A news team scavenging for food and surveying the wreckage explain that there are multiple tripods that have attacked major cities including New York City, Washington, D. C. and London, have force shields to protect them from human weapons. They explain the tripods' pilots traveled to Earth within the lightning as a way to enter their war machines, buried here millions of years before. Ray decides to take the kids to Boston to be with their mother; the three are forced to abandon their car after a mob sees that it's swarms the vehicle. They survive a Tripod attack which ends with a small village being leveled, a Hudson River ferry where they were being sunk and some humans being captured by tentacle-like attachments on the Tripods. While walking through a rural area, they witness the U. S. Marines engaging in battle with some tripods.
Robbie wants to see the action from a close distance and Ray ends up letting him go so he can take Rachel to safety. The machines advance with ease, protected by invisible force shields, a big explosion is seen just where Robbie went to. While escaping and Rachel are offered shelter in the basement of a farmhouse by a man named Harlan Ogilvy; the three remain undetected for two days as a probe and a group of aliens themselves explore the basement. They discover that the aliens are cultivating a strange red-colored growth across the landscape and it is spreading, covering trees and making its way into the basement: the group deduces the aliens are modifying Earth to make it more like their home planet; the next morning, Ogilvy suffers a mental breakdown after witnessing a tripod harvesting human blood and tissue to fertilize the alien vegetation. Convinced that Ogilvy's mad shouting will alert the alien creatures to their location, Ray reluctantly kills him; the basement hideout is exposed when a second probe catches the Ferriers sleeping.
Rachel is abducted by a nearby tripod and Ray allows himself to be abducted as well, after picking up a belt of grenades from an abandoned military vehicle. Ray and a number of other abductees use the grenades to destroy the tripod from within, freeing them all. Ray and Rachel arrive in a devastated Boston, where they discover the alien vegetation is shriveling up and most of the tripods have collapsed; when an active tripod appears, Ray notices birds landing on it, indicating that its shields are offline. Ray alerts the soldiers escorting the fleeing crowd, they shoot it down with anti-tank missiles; as the soldiers advance on the downed tripod, a hatch opens and a sickly alien struggles halfway out before dying. Ray and Rachel reach Mary Ann's parents' house, where they are reunited with Mary Ann and Robbie, alive after all. A closing narration explains that the aliens' immune systems could not handle the countless billions of microbes that inhabit the Earth, that humanity has "earned" the right to the planet by virtue of coexisting with the rest of its biosphere.
After collaborating in 2002's Minority Report, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise were interested in working together again. Spielberg stated about Cruise, "He's such an intelligent, creative partner, brings such great ideas to the set that we just spark each other. I love working with Tom Cruise." Cruise met
Admission is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Paul Weitz and starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. The film was released in the United States and Canada on March 22, 2013, it is an adaptation of a novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz called Admission. Strait-laced Princeton University Admissions Officer Portia Nathan is caught off guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by a former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Pressman. With vast experience in the coaching and criticism involving Princeton's admission, she pays a visit to the Quest School, where John teaches while raising an adopted son. After exposing Portia to outspoken Quest students' impressions of college, he takes her to meet the rather unconventional Jeremiah Balakian, a child prodigy. Back on campus, Portia's longtime boyfriend Mark breaks up with her after impregnating a "Virginia Woolf scholar" named Helen. After an awkward romantic attraction to Pressman, she arranges for Jeremiah to visit Princeton, where she and a colleague, are rivals to succeed the soon-to-retire Dean of Admissions.
Portia long ago had a secret pregnancy, putting the baby up for adoption, is shown apparent proof by Pressman that Jeremiah is her son. Although he is brilliant, Jeremiah's miserable transcript results in his being deemed unfit to attend the University. Portia, in an act that endangers her position, schemes to gain Jeremiah entrance into the school, knowing that Princeton cannot reveal such a scandal, her resignation is demanded. When revealing to Jeremiah that she is his biological mother, she finds out that there was a photocopy mistake on his birth certificate and that the boy has located his actual biological mother. Portia appears at the Adoption Agency, trying to locate her son, where she describes her life with a different perspective; when asked how would she feel to meet her actual child, she replies that she would feel "nervous, but lucky." In the end, now dating Pressman, she receives a letter about her son, which says he is not ready to meet her yet. Pressman points out to her that she is on the waitlist "... and that's not so bad."
Tina Fey as Portia Nathan Paul Rudd as John Pressman Michael Sheen as Mark Lily Tomlin as Susannah Wallace Shawn as Clarence Nat Wolff as Jeremiah Balakian Gloria Reuben as Corinne Travaris Spears as Nelson Christopher Evan Welch as Brandt Sonya Walger as Helen Leigha Hancock as Yulia Karasov Dan Levy as James The film was directed by Paul Weitz, known for his work on About a Boy, was based on the novel of the same name by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The film was shot both at the Princeton University campus and at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. A trailer for the film was released on November 20, 2012; the film was released on March 22, 2013. Admission was the first major motion picture. Admission received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 38% rating based on 143 reviews, with the site's consensus: "Admission has a pair of immensely likable leads in Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, but it wastes them on a contrived screenplay". Metacritic gives an average score of 48% based on 39 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
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Nurse Jackie is an American medical comedy-drama series. It premiered on Showtime on June 8, 2009; the show's seventh and final season premiered on April 12, 2015. The series finale aired on June 28, 2015; the show stars Edie Falco as the title character Jackie Peyton, an emergency department nurse at All Saints' Hospital in New York City. For Jackie, "every day is a high wire act of juggling patients, fellow nurses, her own indiscretions." Nurse Jackie was created by Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem, Evan Dunsky. Brixius and Wallem served as showrunners for the first four seasons and shared executive producer duties with Caryn Mandabach and John Melfi. Showtime ordered an initial 12 episodes. Before the premiere, Brixius told the New York Daily News that "Guys' stories tend to be about conquests – getting the job, winning the Olympics, whatever. Women stories aren't as climactic so they need to play out over the course of three months... And every medical show out there has been about doctors. Doctors are unable to do what they have to do without nurses.
We want to tell those stories."The June 8, 2009, series premiere was Showtime's most successful with 1 million viewers for the premiere and over 350,000 for the repeat broadcast. Showtime picked up the series for a second season. Season Three premiered on Showtime on March 28, 2011. On May 23, 2011, Showtime ordered a fourth season. A fifth season was ordered on May 31, 2012, production began in late 2012; the season 4 finale aired on June 17, 2012. Season 5 premiered on April 2013, with new showrunner and executive producer Clyde Phillips. On June 6, 2013, Showtime renewed the show for a sixth season, which premiered on April 13, 2014. On March 31, 2014, Showtime renewed Nurse Jackie for a seventh season, announced the following September as being the show's final season, it premiered April 12, 2015. Main character Jackie Peyton was described by Showtime as a "strong-willed, iconoclastic New York City nurse juggling the frenzied grind of an urban hospital and an challenging personal life," noting that the character had "an occasional weakness for Vicodin and Xanax to get her through the days."
The main characters included a British doctor and Jackie's best friend at work. Other characters included the officious hospital administrator Mrs. Gloria Akalitus, Jackie's bar owner husband Kevin, their daughters Grace and Fiona, Thor, Jackie's kindhearted confidant and the real-life brother of show creator/executive producer Linda Wallem. Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, RN. Entertainment Weekly gave the first episode a B+, stating "Edie Falco brings a genial forcefulness to Nurse Jackie." New York magazine called the Showtime series "smart, alternately sharp and sentimental" and "the best series yet in the cable channel's ongoing meditation on the nature of addiction... and the setting for a breakthrough female character." James Poniewozik from Time magazine ranked Nurse Jackie's episode "Tiny Bubbles" as 5th on his Top 10 Episodes of 2009 list. Variety and Salon struck the primary sour notes, with Variety noting, "The series feels like all style and limited substance – a star showcase that's less'triumphant return' than'Nice to have you back, but...'"Reviews of subsequent seasons varied.
The second season achieved a Metacritic rating of 75 out of 100 from 16 critics, the third season received 79 out of 100 based on 7 reviews, the fourth received 83 out of 100 out of 9 reviews, the fifth season received a 66 out of 100 based on 10 reviews, the sixth season received a rating of 64 out of 100 based on 4 reviews. The seventh and final season did not receive enough ratings to warrant a score. Soon after Nurse Jackie premiered, the
Syrup is a 2013 American drama film directed by Aram Rappaport and based on the novel of the same name by Max Barry. Its video on demand release date was May 1, 2013, its US theater release date was June 7, 2013. A young man named Scat comes up with a new idea for a drink after he drops his drink and swears, calling it'FUKK', he goes to Addison Cola Company where he maneuvers a meeting with a formidable marketing executive, Six, by triggering the fire alarm. While mediocre, she tells him that she and her team will polish it before it is presented to the board. During the meeting, the board shows some resistance but Six informs them that Scat is willing to give up trademark provisions for a mere two million. Scat realizes he has not reserved the trademark and scrambles to the Patent and Trademark Office only to find out that his roommate, Sneaky Pete, stole his idea and registered it earlier that morning. Success befalls Pete as'FUKK' becomes the highest selling energy drink in the nation. Embittered, Scat goes back to his ordinary life but is recruited by Six to help her come up with a new ad campaign after she is booted off the'FUKK' campaign and relegated to Addy Classics.
Instructed to come up with a brilliant idea by Friday, Scat moves in with Six and is unable to think of anything until only moments before the deadline. After shaking a vending machine in frustration and Six telling him that twelve people have died by being crushed by vending machines, he comes up with the idea of'Wouldn't you die for a Fukk' advertising a cartoon where people die by being crushed by vending machines because they want the drink so badly; the ad is accepted and aired but a young teenager dies by being crushed by a vending machine and the ad is now considered insensitive and taken off air. Scat and Six attend the funeral and when Scat makes a speech, Six points out that all the mourners are actors that she recognizes from ads. Scat realizes that Sneaky Pete created this fake death to get their ad to fail, he pulls out the fake body from the coffin and holds it up for all to see. Scat is fired while believing. In reality, Six quit when Addison refused now working at a shoe store.
After a brief stint as a rickshaw driver, Scat is hired by a rival company and Six is poached. As Scat and Six are being hired Six drops a name tag from her work revealing a glimpse of her real name, before she covers and retrieves the name tag; the two must come up with a new drink idea and after talking about their attraction for each other, Scat comes up with the idea of'Average KOK'. He presents this as a drink to the board and thinks of a different drink just called'KOK' that they give to celebrities; the normal'KOK's are numbered up to 100 and each number represents a celebrity and the celebrity deems who can drink their numbered drink. After the frenzy for the drink that they can't have and the company decide to make the drink go public but not before the suicide of a teenager who killed himself after not being'cool' enough to drink his lucky number 17's corresponding drink. After confirming that this time the death is real, Scat goes on TV to apologize but ends up pointing out that drink sales have never been higher after the death and that people, like him,'have a dream'.
Scat walks along watching himself on the TV displays and Six finds him. Scat asks for her real name, they kiss. Scat says, "It's been a pleasure doing business with Six," and walks away. Amber Heard as the Addy marketing executive. Shiloh Fernandez as Scat, the protagonist. Kellan Lutz as Sneaky Pete, Scat's former roommate and company rival. Brittany Snow as Three, Pete's assistant. Josh Pais as Davidson. Kate Nash as Beth. Rachel Dratch as Clerk Adam LeFevre as Priest Christopher Evan Welch as Davies Zachary Booth as Chet Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a critic score of 25% based on reviews from 8 critics, with an average rating of 4/10. Syrup on IMDb Syrup at Rotten Tomatoes Syrup at Box Office Mojo