October 18th, 2002



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A senior at an elite college, already under severe pressure to complete her thesis and land a prestigious job...

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 4.8/10 (5,991 voted)

Critic's Score: 36/100

Director: Stephen Gaghan

Stars: Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam

A senior at an elite college, already under severe pressure to complete her thesis and land a prestigious job, must confront the sudden reappearance of her old boyfriend, after his two year, unexplained absence...

Katie Holmes - Katie Burke
Benjamin Bratt - Wade Handler
Charlie Hunnam - Embry Larkin
Zooey Deschanel - Samantha Harper
Fred Ward - Lieutenant Bill Stayton
Mark Feuerstein - Robert Hanson
Melanie Lynskey - Mousy Julie (as Melanie Jayne Lynskey)
Philip Bosco - Professor Jergensen
Gabriel Mann - Harrison Hobart
Will McCormack - August
Gabrielle Union - Amanda Luttrell
Greg Kramer - Andre
Gillian Ferrabee - Susan
Barry Julien - Ted
Tony Goldwyn - Dr. David Schaffer

Taglines: Watch who you leave behind.


Official Website: Official site [Italy] |

Release Date: 18 October 2002

Filming Locations: McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,064,077 (USA) (20 October 2002) (2341 Screens)

Gross: $12,302,219 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Stephen Gaghan wrote the part of Katie Burke with Katie Holmes in mind.

Continuity: When sitting around the table with her friends, the book Katie is holding changes between shots.

Embry Larkin: [walking into the play audition] Okay, stop, stop! That was... appalling. Sopranos, this piece was written by monks who believed in God. They're singing not to other monks, but to God. They're singing to God about God. And you think I'm a tough audience.

User Review

Highbrow exercise in a usually lowbrow genre.

Rating: 7/10

Katie Holmes is well-cast as an intellectual college student in this intellectual thriller, a strange bird of a movie to sit alongside the current batch of "teen" horror films (did you know that in this one the students actually - gasp!- study?). Admittedly it moves at a measured pace (some would say "like molasses"), and doesn't really take off until the last 2 minutes or so (!), when it presents a final twist which I, for one, did not see coming, and which saves the entire picture. All through the film you get the feeling they have something to show you at the end, and indeed they do, but perhaps they shouldn't have waited so long to get there. Excellent score and cinematography. (**1/2)


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