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Courteney Cox finds dark humor in suicide in ‘Just Before I Go’

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) – Movies such as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” have explored the subject of a life re-examined when contemplating suicide, but Courteney Cox takes a darkly comic approach to that life-or-death question in her feature film directorial debut. The story of a vacant, aimless pet store worker named Ted who decides he is “done” with life, “Just Before I Go” begins with the dejected 40-year-old bobbing underwater while narrating his tale of woe on the soundtrack. Ted, played by “American Pie” veteran Seann William Scott, embarks on an odyssey back to his Massachusetts hometown to confront childhood tormenters who range via flashback from an extortionist jock bully to a nasty math teacher who relishes cruelly humiliating the boy in front his classmates. And the math teacher lies in a stupor in an institution as Ted unleashes a volley of pent-up rage, only to be interrupted by the woman’s granddaughter, (Olivia Thirlby), who decides to film Ted’s suicidal saga.