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Film Review: The Mend

Josh Lucas

Nothing feels especially new in the first 10 minutes of The Mend; after that, almost everything is unfamiliar. A black sheep, Mat (Josh Lucas), shows up at a party given by his straight-arrow brother Alan (Stephen Plunkett). Mat’s got the leather jacket and the crusty attitude, and we dutifully note the differences between him and his sell-out brother, a guy dominated by his dancer girlfriend Farrah (Mickey Sumner, the daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler). The couple is about to go away to Canada so Alan can propose—Farrah’s planned the whole thing—which means shiftless Mat can crash here, uninvited, for a few days. Nothing works out quite the way you expect.

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