'Mister Foe' Tries to Come of Age

Maui Time | September 11, 2008
Mister Foe

Quirky for its own sake, Mister Foe (originally titled Hallum Foe) is an opaque attempt at a coming-of-age-via-modified-incest story that follows malcontent Hallam (Jamie Bell) after the suspicious death of his mother lands another woman (Claire Forlani) in his filthy rich father's bed. Young Hallum has a go at his step mom in his tree house before taking off for Edinburgh where he sees Kate (Sophia Myles), a lookalike model of his biological mom in her prime, and follows her to the hotel where she works. After getting a job at the hotel as a dishwasher, Hallum stalks Kate's apartment and strikes up a romantic relationship with her. Boring, meandering, and painfully self-important, Mister Foe is writer/director David Mackenzie's follow-up to his much better debut effort Young Adam.

(Magnolia Pictures) Rated R. 95 mins. (C-) (Two Stars)


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