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Heavy and contrived: Robert Pattinson (left) and Caitlyn Paige Rund.

Heavy and contrived: Robert Pattinson (left) and Caitlyn Paige Rund.

A rebel without fangs

A rebel without fangs

In Remember Me, love means never having to say you’re sorry, particularly to the audience. The star is Robert Pattinson, the heartthrob from the Twilight series, a conceivably promising actor in need of immediate acting intervention. He plays Tyler, a melancholic who poses and broods in this lugubrious romance-cum-melodrama about a boy (sad) and a girl (also sad) who heal (eventually) while steaming up the sheets (discreetly).

Heavy and contrived: Robert Pattinson (left) and Caitlyn Paige Rund.

Love blooms despite the flapping of parental hands, including that of Pierce Brosnan as Tyler’s power-lawyer big daddy. Pattinson shoots Brosnan a lot of dark, hurting looks, but does his best work with Ruby Jerins, an appealing child actor who plays his sister. When they’re together, Pattinson actually seems happy to be on screen: Better yet, he doesn’t pull a James Dean Lite, he delivers.

©2010/THE NEW YORK TIMES

Remember Me released in theatres on Friday

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