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'Just Before I Go' finds the journey home can be funny, useful
'Just Before I Go' finds the journey home can be funny, useful

Anchored by a nicely understated performance by Seann William Scott, "Just Before I Go" effectively juggles a wealth of genuine, at times profound, emotion with quite a bit of nutty-raunchy humor. First-time feature director Courteney Cox, working off a deceptively dimensional script by Dave Flebotte, steers this tricky ship with a deft hand and a strong sense of timing, comic and otherwise. Scott plays Ted Morgan, an L.A. pet store manager haunted by a rocky childhood and underwhelmed by a dead-end present. His dubious solution: to kill himself. First, however, he must return to his Massachusetts hometown to square things with some folks who caused him grief as a boy. Ted...

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