EW Staff
December 16, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Seven Pounds

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
122 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/19/08
performer
Rosario Dawson, Will Smith, Woody Harrelson
director
Gabriele Muccino
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Grant Nieporte
genre
Drama

We gave it a D

Starring: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson
Directed by: Gabriele Muccino
Release date: December 19

The ideal exchange rate for the dollar? The weight of Will Smith’s soul? Seven Pounds, the title of this drama (which the studio refuses to explain), is as mysterious as the early trailers, which skirt around what the hero (Smith) is running from, and to. But Muccino says that’s intentional: ”The [audience] will not know exactly what this man is up to.” Muccino, who directed Smith in 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness, confirms a few details: Smith plays an IRS agent who tries to redeem an unforgivable mistake he made in the past by helping seven people. We know neither the mistake nor the reason these particular people are chosen, but his plan changes when he falls for an ailing woman (Dawson). Dawson, for her part, admits she got 50 pages into the script and wondered, ”What the hell is happening?” but insists the ending is worth all the fuss. ”When they sell you your ticket, they should give you a box of hankies, because no matter how macho you [are], you’re gonna be crying.”

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