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Originally published Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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'Remember Me': Young love, bad luck and impressive hair

A review of "Remember Me," an angst-y teen romance starring Robert Pattinson (of "Twilight"), Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan and Robert Pattinson's Hair.

Seattle Times movie critic

Movie review 2 stars

'Remember Me,' with Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Ruby Jerins, Tate Ellington. Directed by Allen Coulter, from a screenplay by Will Fetters. 112 minutes. Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and smoking. Several theaters; see Page 15.

So many terrible things happen to the people in Allen Coulter's "Remember Me" that when the last awful twist comes — something so resounding and meaningful that it instantly, horribly cheapens the rest of the movie — you're almost numb to it. In this moody tale of young love, the main characters cope with murder, suicide, street crime, police brutality, bullying, parental violence, parental neglect, inadequate deadbolt locks and extremely grungy bathtubs. And that's before the bad stuff happens.

Robert Pattinson, minus his "Twilight" glitter but with his trademark brooding intensity intact, is Tyler, an NYU student with a lot on his mind: most notably his older brother, who has committed suicide, and his little sister Caroline (Ruby Jerins, a charmer), a creative child who's unhappy at school. Circumstances unite Tyler with fellow student Allie (Emilie de Ravin, of TV's "Lost"), and the two form an angst-y bond. Meanwhile, Tyler's wealthy father (the ubiquitous Pierce Brosnan) seems indifferent to his family; Allie's father (Chris Cooper) attempts to connect with his daughter; and Tyler's roommate Aiden (Tate Ellington) tries desperately to bring some comic relief to a movie that could use it.

All this takes place in the not-too-distant past — you can tell by the way cellphones are quaintly used only for actually speaking to people — and features some chastely backlit sex (the better for a PG-13 rating) and a lot of moody close-ups of Pattinson and his hair, which really deserves separate billing. Though some of the performances are thoughtful — de Ravin, in particular, has an intelligent presence reminiscent of the young Jodie Foster — "Remember Me" feels like high-class teen melodrama, a movie with high ambitions but low impact.

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or mmacdonald@seattletimes.com

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