To not know where a movie is headed can be a good thing in this age of rampant predictability. But if that feeling stems from a sense that the movie has no clue what it is, you're in trouble.
Writer-director John Herzfeld's "Reach Me" — about the effect a reclusive author's self-help book has on a variety of mostly angry, bitter or violent characters who converge in Los Angeles — is a genuinely odd bird.
With a patchwork ensemble made up of
"Reach Me," though, is a kitchen-sink mess with no discernible narrative drive or thematic resonance beyond uninspired batches of bad behavior, gunplay, eccentricity and weak uplift.
MPAA rating: PG-13 for sexual content, violence, language, drug use, smoking.
Running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes.