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Did Michael Jackson commit suicide?

It's irresponsible to speculate about Michael Jackson's cause of death this soon. But early investigations have discovered hospital-strength sedatives in his home, which are dangerous and easily lethal.

This alone does not indicate that he intended to harm himself, but it does raise a lot of questions. And because the topic of suicide is so difficult, a transparent discussion of Michael Jackson's demise may never happen.

It's a quandary that makes a person appreciate a movie like Wristcutters: A Love Story.

First, let me say the title of this film initially turned me off, as it did all but the handful of folks who actually went to see it. But if you get past the title, you realize this is a movie that sincerely tries to de-mystify an elusive subject.

Don't worry, you won't have to sit through watching anyone cutting their wrists. However, you do get a surprisingly humorous portrayal of what the afterlife must be like for people who take their own lives.

Imagine a world where everything is like you remember it, but just less satisfying. You have a car, but it's a P.O.S. You have a place to lay your head at night but it's with the roommate from hell. Even the film sets and special effects look like something from a bad high-school theater production.

But once you realize it's all done on purpose, you begin to get the running joke. Starring Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossamon, Wristcutters: A Love Story is worth a look.



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