THE VOICES-United States/Germany-103 Mins. 2014
Ryan Reynolds as Jerry in The Voices
Gemma Arterton as Fiona in The Voices
Anna Kendrick as Lisa in The Voices
Jacki Weaver as Dr. Warren in The Voices
Directed by Marjane Satrapi
Written by Michael R. Perry
Ryan Reynolds stars as Jerry, a guy who hears voices that tell him to do terrible things-and that he’s a good boy-in The Voices; a movie that starts out funny, ends up morbid and exits to absurdity in the closing credits.
We know that Jerry has problems when he mentions a state appointed psychiatrist to his boss after he is asked to volunteer for help with the company picnic. We just don’t realize what type of problems Jerry has until he goes home and has a three-way conversation with his cat, Mr. Whiskers; and his dog, Bosco. I can’t take credit for saying this but I found it to be a stroke of genius that the cat is the one that continually attempts to push Jerry over to the dark side while simultaneously his dog enables him and tells him he’s a ‘good boy’.
Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick star as the objects of Jerry’s affections. Gemma plays the hot British import Fiona whom Jerry is initially infatuated with. Kendrick plays Lisa, the hot girl who likes Jerry but let’s face facts: she’s the leftovers after Jerry’s failed tryst with Fiona. It’s okay; by the end they both end up giving great head while somehow managing to stay fresh in Jerry’s refrigerator.
I liked The Voices but I do feel that the film’s major problem is that it seems to be all over the place. One minute I was laughing at/with Jerry and the next I was mortified by what his life was about when the pills he is ordered to take take effect and the cold of reality sets in. The closing credits don’t really help the film’s credibility, either; a singing, dancing Jesus; really? Not that I don’t believe that Jesus has ever sang or danced but within the context of The Voices I just found it to be absurd. The Voices would have benefitted from keeping a consistent playing field.
So what have we learned from The Voices? I learned 3 things.
1. If you are a female and that hot guy you like mentions a court-appointed psychiatrist then may I suggest running away post haste.
2. Never under any circumstances listen to your cats. Cats are the serial killers of the animal kingdom.
3. No matter how much you protest it you should really and truly consider letting your dog sniff your crotch at least once a day. They’ll be your friend for life if you do.
Director Marjane Satrapi was initially going to hire voice actors for the animals’ voices, however Ryan Reynolds convinced her that he should do them as they are voices that his character hears in his head, and therefore should be different variations of his voice. He convinced her by sending her recordings of his voice, tailored specifically for each of the animals.
Ryan Reynolds modeled the voice of the cat after a Scottish friend he has known for over twenty years.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year.
Ryan Reynolds also appears in Buried and The Proposal.
Gemma Arterton also appears in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Quantum of Solace.
Anna Kendrick also appears in Up in the Air and Into the Woods.
Jacki Weaver also appears in Silver Linings Playbook and Stoker.