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flick pick | Post Concussion 1999
Directed + written by: Daniel Yoon
Starring: Daniel Yoon, Destry Miller, Michael Hohmeyer, Jennifer Welch
Language: English
Look for it at the video store under: drama, comedy
Watch it when you’re in the mood for something: darkly comic, whimsical
The critic says: / 5 the rating system explained
Fun factor: /5 

Plot synopsis Matt's a management consultant for one of the country's best consulting firms. His job essentially involves advising big corporations on where to cut costs and save their businesses -- which in concrete terms, translates to deciding who in the company should get canned. Where Matt and his team of cocky Harvard- and Stanford-educated MBAs go, job losses follow, which makes them kind of hated. But for the most part, Matt doesn't mind; the job's challenges make it rather fun, and besides, he gets paid a crapload of money for it. Then one day, after yet another argument with his pseudo-leftist, freeloading, but very beautiful girlfriend, he steps out into the street and smack into a moving car. The accident leaves him with a serious concussion, and while physically, he seems to recover just fine, his brain just doesn't seem to work quite as well as it used to. His memory's not as sharp, his attention's scattered, he's not quite acting like his old self. His company tells him to take some time off, but when the short break turns into months, he's terminated -- although his boss insist it's just a formality, and he can come back whenever he's ready. Meanwhile, the girlfriend's dumped him, his mom's constantly calling to check up on him, and he spends all his time sleeping in his depressingly empty apartment. As he tries to figure out what to do next with his life, Matt turns to all sorts of unlikely places, including a New Age healer and her guru, as well as a gawky East German physicist post-doc named Monica.

Review So, let's get the obvious criticisms out of the way straight from the beginning, because it's what you'll notice first when you start watching Post Concussion. This is low, low, low-budget filmmaking here, and it generally looks and sounds it. The acting often feels like an amateur's notion of what acting is supposed to be like, and the narration that guides the storyline sometimes seems like a copout way to tell the tale. That the movie's not perfect is fairly indisputable -- but slowly, surely, all that starts not to matter. For all its rough edges, Post Concussion actually has something interesting to say, and it does so in a voice that's appealingly idiosyncratic and distinctly personal. The story is based on writer/director/lead actor Daniel Yoon's real-life experience of sustaining a serious head injury that caused him to lose his high-paying job and re-evaluate what he really wanted to be doing with his life. In the hands of Hollywood, it undoubtedly would have turned into a maudlin, manipulatively feel-good flick, but Yoon's movie is refreshingly free of sentimentality. There's a lot of humor milked out of Matt's predicament, serious head injury and all, and Yoon never lets the film get too precious about the idea of figuring out what's really important to oneself. The end result is a thoroughly charming, very amusing little movie that's an honest-to-goodness affirmation of life, without all the touchy-feely pretense.
—reviewed by Yee-Fan Sun

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