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Movies Lollilove

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Jenna and James Gunn (played by real life husband and wife Jenna Fischer and James Gunn) are very well off, and Jenna decides that it's time to give something back to the world. She decides to start a charity.

The charity is called "Lollilove". The goal is to provide 100 homeless people with Lollipops a week. But they aren't just regular lollipops (which would be great). These lollipops feature some of James Gunn's original artwork on them. You see, if a homeless person sees a lollipop with a character they Identify with and an uplifting slogan, they automatically change from Homeless person to happy person.

This mockumentary was mostly improvised, which is probably why it comes off as being so real. Without the fore knowledge that this is a put on (and a couple jokes that are a bit surreal) you wouldn't be able to tell. Of course, this was what Jenna wanted when she started writing Lollilove. Unfortunately (or perhaps, for the best) that became less of an issue while production of this film went on.

Jenna, as a character, is very sympathetic. While her intentions are purely egotistical, instead of hating her for that, you feel sorry for her because of that. Mostly because she doesn't realize her intentions are not as pure as she thought. She cries when she's denied sponsorship at one point, but later lists all the celebrities she'll be friends with if Lollilove is a success.

James was original set up as a villian character, but he is merely an antagonist and not a real bad guy. He says things that only offend people, he's self centered, and he doesn't really throw his weight around when it comes to Jenna's charity. Of course, he doesn't even realize his faults, because he believes that he is better then others. At one point he is making a statement about Jews goint to Auschwitz, and later on renting "Bumfights" as research. Still, you get just enough to see that at heart he is not a bad guy.

The movie starts out seemingly light, but scene after scene, the story gets darker. Scenes become increasingly uncomfortable with humorous payoffs, and you wonder "Can this really end well for these people?" And then you pray that it does, because even though Lollilove is not the best idea, and even though the characters are self centered and careless, you want them to succeed more then anything.

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This movie never got a theatrical release but is deserving of an Oscar. Two, actually. Best Picture, best original score. Perhaps Best Actress for Jenna Fischer.
 
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