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"Remember Me" -- worth remembering or best to forget?

The movie "Remember Me" comes out on Friday. Plan to go to it or pass?

By Jake CoyleAssociated Press / March 11, 2010

Robert Pattinson, Ruby Jerins and Emilie de Ravin seen posing on the red carpet for the "Remember Me" premiere at the Paris Theatre in New York City.

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"Remember Me" — Robert Pattinson has temporarily stepped away from "Twilight," apparently in search of his "Five Easy Pieces" or "Rebel Without a Cause."

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In the film, directed by Allen Coulter ("Hollywoodland"), Pattinson plays a self-destructive, poetic 21-year-old who quotes Gandhi in voiceover, makes love to Sigur Ros and (understandably) can't be moved to laughter by "American Pie 2."

Set in the summer of 2001 in New York, "Remember Me" is a story of young romance (Emilie de Ravin plays his love interest) full of dread.

Long before the big reveal ending, one begins to feel "Remember Me" is romanticizing — even fetishizing — tragedy.

Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper play the fathers, each giving considerable heft to Will Fetters' uneven script. But this is Pattinson's vehicle (he also executive produced).

He has unmistakable screen presence, but he pours it on thickly and self-consciously.

Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and smoking. Running time: 113 minutes. Two stars out of four.

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