I really had higher hopes for this new movie with Jason Lee. I mean, come on, he actually skateboards in it. How bad could it be? WELLLLLLL . . .All of the exposition is rushed and choppy. The characters are funny and likeable, but poorly formed. Jason Lee does indeed skate, but not enough to matter and his character would have little appeal had they casted someone else. Lee even seems bored with it even though he's endearing and comical.
The main character, a pseudo-psychologist definitely has a lot of charm and appeal which somewhat salvages the curt conversations and weird romances. If you really try hard to be open-minded, he'll win you over, but the lack of development in the script leaves you raising eyebrows and choking on the cheese.
There's a lot of interesting ideas in this film about human nature, self-esteem, and loneliness that an audience should really get into. It's just too bad they didn't do a few more re-writes before they took it to production.
All in all, though, the hysterical performances (Ted Danson and Martin Short worth a mention) and "feel good" ending may make it worth a watch.Bungled fun.