From the moment Zia (Patrick Fugit) cuts his wrists he enters a bizarre afterlife... Where everything is the same, just a little bit worse. A quirky but mundane existence of menial jobs, dingy bars, bad transportation and old jukeboxes, with no sign of redemption or escape. Determined to recapture the love of his life, Desiree (Leslie Bibb), Zia embarks on a journey through this absurd purgatory, hitting the road in a rickety station wagon with his newfound friends - the oddly charming Russian rocker (Shea Whigham) and the sexy ingenue (Shannyn Sossamon) - only to meet up with wonderful Kneller (Tom Waits) who shepherds them through the ultimate version of Utopia.
Aimless, dull and tries too hard to be quirky.
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After breaking up with his girlfriend, Zia calmly cleans up his untidy apartment walks into the bathroom and cuts his wrists. He then wakes up in a bizarre afterlife inhabited by those who have taken their own lives and where life is just like real life but worse. Now stuck in a dead end job as a pizza cook and living in a squalid two room apartment with an overbearing roommate, in a strange twist Zia discovers his ex-girlfriend also committed suicide soon after he did and sets out on a road trip to find her. On the surface 'Wristcutters' looks like it has all the makings of a quirky little indie film with a clever plot, the trouble is after a promising opening 15 minutes the story rapidly tails off into a dull half baked mess that never pulls you in. There are completely unexplained parts of the film, which wouldn’t be so bad if the director hadn’t admitted in the DVD extras that the film was too short so they just added things they thought would be quirky. In the end you find yourself watching a film where the characters don’t know that’s going on, you the viewer doesn’t know what’s going on and rapidly lose any interest.