Erin Richter
May 24, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

On the Edge

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea
director
John Carney
distributor
Universal
author
John Carney

We gave it a B

An emotionally shut-off hottie (handsome Irish newcomer Murphy) lands in the hands of a patient psychotherapist (Rea). The comparison to ”Good Will Hunting” is not lost on director-cowriter John Carney, who references the 1997 Matt Damon-starrer in his heartfelt teen-suicide drama (exec-produced by ”In the Name of the Father”’s Jim Sheridan). The story’s a little stale (see also ”Girl, Interrupted”), but Carney freshens the plot with moving, honest performances from the young cast and a smart soundtrack featuring U.K. grooves from the Jam, Supergrass, and David Gray.

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