Number 23, The (2007, USA/GER) C-101m. SCOPE *** D: Joel Schumacher. Starring Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman, Danny Huston, Lynn Collins, Rhona Mitra, Michelle Arthur, Mark Pellegrino. Intriguing mystery thriller about family father Carrey, a dog catcher, whose wife Madsen gives him a book for his birthday. The book's main character turns out to be like his alter ego, and soon he is obsessed with the number 23 that seems to be everywhere. A bit convoluted tale but fascinating and stylishly done by director Schumacher, well-acted, too. Written by Fernley Phillips.

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