Look, I get it. Jessica Alba appears to be shooting for a career reboot. She’s trying to wash away the taste of Honey (I’m so sorry about that), buy herself some credibility. To her credit, she’s been surprisingly out of the paparazzi limelight of late — or at lease, out of it in my eyes. Perhaps Courtney would know better than I. The point is, she’s trying to become a Very Serious Actress, indicated by roles in films such as The Killer Inside Me and now, An Invisible Sign.
In which she plays a mathematical prodigy. Jessica, honey (crap, I did it again), that might be a little too much, too soon, you know?
Anyway, here’s the trailer for An Invisible Sign, one of those adorably quirky love stories about misfits trying to find their place in the world. Here’s the full synopsis:
Young Mona idolizes her father, a brilliant mathematician. When he suddenly demonstrates signs of mental illness, Mona begins to obsess about numbers, using them to interpret an unpredictable and threatening world. Now an adult (Jessica Alba), Mona’s old superstitions and compulsive behaviors continue to flourish, but a new job as an elementary school math teacher (a position she both relishes and dreads), may force her out of her protective shell. With imagination and humor, as well as a special sensitivity to the realities of mental illness, AN INVISIBLE SIGN carries a magic all its own.
And the trailer:
It also stars Sonia Braga, JK Simmons and the dude who played the detective in Devil. It also looks a little trite and contrived. But it also looks like it could potentially be kind of charming. Which is not something I’ve ever said about a movie with Jessica Alba. Hey, I’ve got nothing against her, I suppose. She seems like a nice enough person, and anything she can do to wash the taste of nightmares like The Fantastic Four, Good Luck Chuck and The Love Guru is OK with me.