Another way it could have gone is the experience of a blind young man who undergoes experimental surgery and the outcome and difficulties encountered along the way. Finally, there's the relationship between a blind man and a sighted woman, a romance based movie, either drama or comedy, or the relationship between a Caucasian American male and an female of Indian descent from a very traditional Indian family, and the difficulties they would encounter along the way, again a drama with some comedy more than likely. There were some very good moments: the basketball game with the friend, the parents at the hospital while they await the outcome of the surgery, etc.But the whole isn't even a sum of these parts -- it's a combination of movies that do not cohere in a way that one can call a success.
It was fairly well acted and, more importantly, it had heart.
What I'm confused about is the cover to the film, it looks like a teenage movie with hot girls and bad jokes, but it's everything but.
His family is warm, loving and Italian and supportive - especially his brother Larry (Eddie Kaye Thomas) who runs a Limo service and is constantly trying to find Danny his first physical encounter, be that with hookers, girls from the office or neighborhood, or just referrals - each of whom is a disaster when it comes to dealing with a date who is blind!
Danny discovers an operation that implants a camera-like contraption in his brain that will allow him the possibility to see again, even if the images are simply black and white and indistinct. Perkins (Stephen Tobolowsky) is a young girl Leeza (Anjali Ray) who is Indian and whose parents have arranged a wedding with a man she does not love.
Chris Pine's portrait of a blind guy seems very real to me, and I really felt for him throughout the whole movie.
The story is somewhat obvious, and not that inventive, but it has a point, and even though it's sometimes a little cliché it's still very decent and enjoyable.
But the aspect of the film that sets it apart from many is the presentation of everyday type prejudices that can be every bit as hampering as a physical impairments!
This is a warmhearted, very human comedy with many messages.
There is a sense of love that emanates from the screen, due in part to the script, the direction, and to the acting.
Chris Pine is exceptionally fine in a challenging role, finding the balance between courage, comedy, and tenderness that make his character believable and lovable, and never once making a move that breaks his image as a sightless person.
Watch this flick if you want to feel a little better.