Reel Reviews
Movie: “I'm Reed Fish” Has Been Seen Before
February 15, 2013
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

It is a tale seen a million times over: boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy does something stupid, a rift comes between our lovers, boy makes some grandiose display to show he has changed and then boy and girl solve their relationship problems and they both live happily ever after. The above description is essentially the plot of “I'm Reed Fish,” give or take a few alterations.

Reed Fish (Jay Baruchel, “Tropic Thunder” and “How to Train Your Dragon”) is his small town of Mud Meadows local radio show host. He inherited the show from his late father and the majority of people in the town rely on Reed and the show to help them go about their day; he is a part of the town’s daily routine. Reed embraces this career and the life that was forced upon him and is somewhat of a town celebrity, along with his fiancée, town sweetheart, Kate (Alexis Bledel, “Gilmore Girls”). When an old classmate, Jill (Schuyler Fisk, “Snow Day” and “Orange County”), returns home from college Reed is forced to confront old feelings and must come to grips with the direction his life is taking.      

The one great thing about “I'm Reed Fish” is that it is mercifully short, clocking in at about an hour and a half, but even with the short runtime it still drags. After being let in on the fact that  you are watching a film within a film fairly early on, the plot unravels exactly as you would imagine it to and the characters are exactly as one dimensional as you would expect; everything about the plot and characters just feels stale. The acting is fine for what the actors had to work with and Baruchel does a decent job as the main character; some of the more interesting characters are the supporting ones with special acknowledgement to the awkward best friend played by Victor Rasuk and the Mayor/ radio horoscope reader played by Katey Sagal. One of the strong points the film has is how it portrays small towns and the people that often populate them. It gives off the feeling of being trapped, of being bored and stuck in a rut with an underlying fear of never getting out of town very well and how it displays how every person in town knows everyone else and everyone else’s business was spot on.

Overall, “I'm Reed Fish” is a forgettable and quite boring film. You have seen this film before, so if you must watch something with a similar plot go watch one with better all-around elements.

“I'm Reed Fish” is rated PG for language and runs 93 minutes. It is available on Netflix Instant.