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Rated R · 95 minutes · 2007

Drama, Suspense/Thriller
The Number 23 grips hold of one stupid idea and runs so far with it, in so many directions, to such little purpose, that it nearly won me over from sheer berserkoid effort. In a nutshell, this nutso movie observes what happens to a man (Jim Carrey) under the impression that every damn thing that's happened in the history of the world somehow relates to the titular digit -- Hiroshima, the death of Hitler, Grandma's birthday, whatever. Parents each contribute 23 chromosomes to their kids; the Earth's axis is off by 23.5 degrees (and 5=2+3); New Line Cinema projects a $23 million opening weekend. There's something sort of adorable about a thriller premised on the delusional analysis of utter randomness, and its makers deserve a salute for extending this helter-skelter desperation to everything in the movie. If nothing else, they're consistently arbitrary. The plot is beyond complicated, but it basically comes down to this: Omigod, 23! Omigod, 23!! Omigod, 23!!! A word of warning to fans of Dreamcatcher, Silent Hill, and Domino, guilty pleasures with a similar devotion to throwing themselves off the cliff of credibility: The Number 23 is a lot more fun to write about than sit through.
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Director: Joel Schumacher
Writer: Fernley Phillips
Producer: Beau Flynn, Fernley Phillips and Tripp Vinson
Cast: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman, Danny Huston and Maile Flanagan


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