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Seven Pounds (2008)

Details Release Date: Dec 19, 2008; Rated: PG-13; Length: 122 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Rosario Dawson and Will Smith; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Starring: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson
Directed by: Gabriele Muccino
Release date: December 19

The ideal exchange rate for the dollar? The weight of Will Smith's soul? Seven Pounds, the title of this drama (which the studio refuses to explain), is as mysterious as the early trailers, which skirt around what the hero (Smith) is running from, and to. But Muccino says that's intentional: ''The [audience] will not know exactly what this man is up to.'' Muccino, who directed Smith in 2006's The Pursuit of Happyness, confirms a few details: Smith plays an IRS agent who tries to redeem an unforgivable mistake he made in the past by helping seven people. We know neither the mistake nor the reason these particular people are chosen, but his plan changes when he falls for an ailing woman (Dawson). Dawson, for her part, admits she got 50 pages into the script and wondered, ''What the hell is happening?'' but insists the ending is worth all the fuss. ''When they sell you your ticket, they should give you a box of hankies, because no matter how macho you [are], you're gonna be crying.''

Originally posted Oct 31, 2008 Published in issue #1019 Nov 07, 2008 Order article reprints