Have you ever wanted to watch a sometimes emotionally charged, yet perfectly monotone film? All The Wrong Reasons may be the right film for you. If you have any reason to give this one a watch, it’s due to the fact that is was Cory Monteith’s last film before passing in 2013. That’s how I found out about this film a while ago and made sure to get it on my radar to give a viewing. Although this film did not make it on to my top 100 movies I have seen in my lifetime list, it still has a few key elements that made me really glad to have watched it. Let me get into a little bit more detail without giving too much away.
This film is about the lives of four different people and how they impact one another while all working within the same department store on the east coast of Canada. The main two characters of the film are a married couple. James Ascher (played by the late Cory Monteith), works as the store manager of the department store, along with his wife, Kate Ascher (played by Karine Vanasse). She works watching video surveillance monitors of the store, a position where she can keep her personal space due to witnessing and not being able to mentally deal with a past family trauma. She struggles with this mental personal space issue and it is serious enough that she is unable to touch anyone or having anyone touch her, resulting in a lot of wear and tear on her husband.
In comes Simon Brunson (played by Keven Zegers), an ex-firefighter and forearm amputee, as the new security guard for the store. His main goal is to work hard enough to train himself to get back into the field of firefighting with his very recent disadvantage due to his incident when he lost part of his arm. Can we please note that Kevin was actually born in Woodstock, Ontario? I always love facts like that. Well, it turns out that Simon takes the same medication that Kate takes for her own issues, which acts as a reason to slowly bring these two characters closer together to help one another deal with their issues.
Rounding out the group of four people, Nicole Cambria (played by Emily Hampshire) is a cashier at the store and also a single mother that is really not having the greatest life trying to balance everything while still trying to hold on to her youth. She quickly becomes a character that you only feel sorry for at the beginning because her lifestyle choices are really off-putting. James ends up helping Nicole out while she tries to avoid the deadbeat father of her child, bringing them a bit closer as well. That’s all the details I will give as far as that.
Tensions reach an all time high, people reach all-time lows, and there is an extremely awesome scene just shortly after the half-way mark of the movie to the song “Guns Blazing” by Cobra Ramone that just instantly demands your attention and may temporarily get lost in a trance thanks to this scene. I personally loved the scenes between Simon and Kate and the progression of their characters from the beginning of the film to the end, and that made the movie worth watching in my mind. Even though I said this movie didn’t make my top 100 list, I still think it is worth a watch if you like these serious drama type of films. If you watch the trailer for this movie it will spoil a lot of what happens in the movie, but makes it seem a lot more upbeat than how the movie actually is.