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'To Write Love On Her Arms' Trailer: Kat Deserves Better Than This

By Emily Cutler | Videos | January 5, 2015 |

By Emily Cutler | Videos | January 5, 2015 |

Remember when Rebecca wrote about actors who deserve better movies than they were getting? I might need to do that with actresses. And at the top of my list would be Kat Dennings. Kat, there isn’t a chance you aren’t too good for 2 Broke Girls. Because everybody is too good for 2 Broke Girls. But I’m not sure if you’re actually as quick and funny as I think you are, or if I’m overcompensating for my initial crush over Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Either way, I’d like to see you in a substantial role in something decent.

And I’m afraid this isn’t going to cut it:

1.) Varying hairstyles is not character development.
2.) Chad Michael Murray? Still a thing?
3.) Why do they keep telling us that this is base on a true story? Would anyone actually say, “A young woman battling with mental health issues falls into drugs, but finds help through friends and music? I don’t believe it. Seems fantastical?”

Turns out it’s because To Write Love On Her Arms is an “American non-profit organization which aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self injury, and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery.” Ok, seems admirable enough. And it was founded in part because of the experiences of Renee Yohe which were written about by the TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski. Specifically, the story chronicles the five days before Yohe entered a treatment facility and the moral support offered by her friends.

So a compelling real life story that led to the founding of a non- profit organization which seems to be growing in influence and popularity. Now I would be worried that the movie is nothing more than an overblown infomercial, robbed of any truth or depth by an insistence that the story feature all of the plot elements of a Lifetime movie. Luckily they included the “watching an airplane take off from the hood of your car” scene to guarantee its originality. Because we’ve never seen that before.

I’m hoping this is better than the trailer lets on. But I’m going to stay all squinty-face concerned until I know for sure.