Remember Me posterIf Remember Me can be expected to exemplify the kind of movies that will be forthcoming from the stars of the Twilight movies, then I'm gonna go ahead and suggest that it might be safe to assume good things are coming this way. I'm not much of a Twilight fan myself, but I loved Kristen Stewart in Adventureland, and yesterday I was thoroughly amazed at how good Robert Pattinson's new project is. It is, however, made for about the same audience as the Twilight movies and almost no one else (with even more emphasis this time on angry teenagers), but despite an ending that will probably earn the movie five enemies for every one fan, I didn't find it derivative at all.Robert Pattinson plays Tyler Hawkins, an unambitious 20-something whose family was torn apart by his brother's suicide and a workaholic father. Emilie de Raven is Ally Craig, a college student whose mother was murdered by muggers in front of her eyes ten years earlier, and she and Tyler meet as a result of a situation that belongs in a romantic comedy starring Freddie Prinze Jr. It's an already unimpressive meet-cute truncated by the fact that Ally first shows signs of interest in the charming, good-looking Tyler when he tells her that he not only has no personal goals, but that he's "undecided about everything." Yeah, who could resist such a line. Don't try this at home, kids!Pierce Brosnan plays Tyler's father, a powerful attorney who seems to have earned $1 for every time he disappointed his kids. Suffice it to say that Tyler has some deep-rooted issues dating back to his childhood which now manifest themselves as protective instincts over his kid sister. Pierce Brosna in Remember MeIt's charming to watch Tyler being so protective of his sister (it's by far the strongest of the admittedly limited charms of his character), although the juxtaposition of Tyler's grunginess and his fathers corporate polish makes the movie's teenage rebelliousness a little too glaring. Luckily, the teenage rebellion is well-written, well-acted, and well-directed. Director Allen Coulter, a seasoned television director whose only other feature film was the impressive 2006 film Hollywoodland, certainly knows his audience, and he gives them exactly what they want.The only real problem I had with the movie is that I wish Tyler didn't have to be drinking and smoking all the time. We get that he's an imperfect soul and that he suffers from mental scars that prevent him from assimilating among the happy people that populate the local college campuses, but his constant smoking (and other characters repeatedly telling him that he smells like beer and cigarettes) make it seem like they're trying to portray him as the new James Dean, and not only is Robert Pattinson no James Dean, but smoking isn't cool anymore. Bad guys smoke in the movies now, not the heroes.Emilie de Raven and Robert Pattinson in Remember MeThat being said, I should point out that I'm not belittling Pattinson by saying he's no James Dean. To the contrary, I was immensely impressed with his performance in the movie, which as a whole is better than the entire Twilight series. This movie was the first time that he really struck me as a viable, talented actor, but he's certainly not an American legend. Not yet, anyway. But the kid's got potential. I never thought that until I saw this movie.And the only other problem with it is that it's aimed so completely at the teenage demographic that I would say a majority of other audiences won't be too interested in the angry teen content. There's too much brooding and rebelling against parents who just don't understand and not enough of the classic comedy that makes teen classics, but on the other hand, movies never get teenagers right, and this one does.Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Raven in Remember Me Look at any high school movie made in the last 10 or 15 years and you'll notice the way the kids act particularly when they're at school, for some reason is never even remotely realistic. I have no idea why that is, but Remember Me is a movie made for a particular audience and which has a thorough understanding of that audience. I don't think I've seen teenage angst so well presented since The Rock ("I'd take pleasure in guttin' you, boy!").As I said before, I'm sure that the movie will earn itself many times as many enemies as fans for no other reason than the last five minutes or so, but for some reason I really didn't mind it. The movie has a good enough story and convinces us to invest our emotions enough in the characters that the meaning of the ending is able to avoid simply asking us to tolerate too much. I have a lot of personal friends (including my own mother), who hated the movie because of how it ended, but I thought it was awesome. Unexpected, yes, but Remember Me is one of the best movies of the year so far, and I certainly wasn't expecting that either.The Bean MeterThe Man.