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A senior at an elite college, already under severe pressure to complete her thesis and land a prestigious job…

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 4.8/10 (5,991 voted)

Critic's Score: 36/100

Stephen Gaghan

Stars: Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam

A senior at an elite college, already under severe pressure to complete her thesis and land a prestigious job, must confront the sudden reappearance of her old boyfriend, after his two year, unexplained absence…


Katie Holmes

Katie Burke

Benjamin Bratt

Wade Handler

Charlie Hunnam

Embry Larkin

Zooey Deschanel

Samantha Harper

Fred Ward

Lieutenant Bill Stayton

Mark Feuerstein

Robert Hanson

Melanie Lynskey

Mousy Julie

(as Melanie Jayne Lynskey)

Philip Bosco

Professor Jergensen

Gabriel Mann

Harrison Hobart

Will McCormack


Gabrielle Union

Amanda Luttrell

Greg Kramer


Gillian Ferrabee


Barry Julien


Tony Goldwyn

Dr. David Schaffer

Watch who you leave behind.


Official Website:
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Release Date: 18 October 2002

Filming Locations: McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000


Opening Weekend: $5,064,077
(20 October 2002)
(2341 Screens)

Gross: $12,302,219

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Stephen Gaghan wrote the part of Katie Burke with Katie Holmes in mind.


When sitting around the table with her friends, the book Katie is holding changes between shots.


Embry Larkin:
[walking into the play audition]
Okay, stop, stop! That was… appalling. Sopranos, this piece was written by monks who believed in God. They're singing not to other monks, but to God. They're singing to God about God. And you think I'm a tough audience.

User Review

Highbrow exercise in a usually lowbrow genre.

Rating: 7/10

Katie Holmes is well-cast as an intellectual college student in this
intellectual thriller, a strange bird of a movie to sit alongside the
current batch of "teen" horror films (did you know that in this one the
students actually – gasp!- study?). Admittedly it moves at a measured pace
(some would say "like molasses"), and doesn't really take off until the last
2 minutes or so (!), when it presents a final twist which I, for one, did
not see coming, and which saves the entire picture. All through the film you
get the feeling they have something to show you at the end, and indeed they
do, but perhaps they shouldn't have waited so long to get there. Excellent
score and cinematography. (**1/2)