At least when Peter Pan refused to grow up, we got flying, island peril, heroism and pirates as part of the package. With "Waiting for Forever," an insipid contemporary fairy tale about a lovestruck young vagabond shadowing a childhood sweetheart he can't bring himself to approach, we get stalking, juggling and cancer. Happy Valentine's Day!
It's rare to find a movie protagonist who singularly fails on every count to be a compelling, sympathetic or even understandable figure, but dopey street performer Will (Tom Sturridge) is one such character. If his twee bowler-hat/vest/checkered-pajamas get-up doesn't reel your eyes upward — and make you mourn for the term "Chaplinesque" — then his irritatingly moony behavior, open-mouthed looks of infantile confusion and reality-challenged outlook should.
The object of Will's affection — better yet, affectation — is Emma (Rachel Bilson), the girl who, when they were children, helped him through the tragic death of his parents. Since losing touch with her, though, Will has tracked her to every city she's lived in — and now their hometown, where most of the movie takes place. His operating principle is that a day in which he might see Emma is better than a day in which he knows he'll never see her, a sentiment one can only imagine screenwriter Steve Adams picked up from the depositions of convicted stalkers.