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Meet Bill (movie)
'Meet Bill'
'Meet Bill'

Let's face it: The business of independent film can be quite the crapshoot. Something like "Meet Bill," for example, looks like an easily marketable piece of commodified quirk designed to catch on with a wide swath of filmgoers -- except for the always nagging fact that it isn't any good. The story of a man (Aaron Eckhart) grappling with middle-age ennui at work and at home feels done to death, as does the distracting addition of a spunky rich-kid high schooler. The film is written by Melissa Wallack, who co-directs with Bernie Goldman, and it is indicative of the perpetual wrong-footedness of "Meet Bill" that Jessica Alba is cast as a lingerie salesgirl...

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