Anyone who has seen this film fuckin’ loves it, and rightfully so.
Brief summary: Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) has had a decently traumatic childhood, and much of it, he can’t remember, due to blackouts. He’s always had a massive crash on his friend, Kayleigh Miller (Amy Smart), but was often too scared to do anything about it, largely due to the fact Kayleigh’s brother Tommy was mean and mentally unstable.
Present-day Evan is in college, doing an experiment on memory loss and recollection. One night, he stumbles upon his childhood journals (a requirement by his doctor, many years prior), and discovers some amazing things about his life, and what happened, and what frighteningly, can happen.
Great character development, superb acting (some people don’t take Kutcher seriously, but he’s amazing in this), as is Amy Smart, and some lesser-known actors who play the younger versions of their older selves. Across the board, the acting and story is what makes this movie so engaging.
Ignore any sequels (I mean, that’s common knowledge, in general)… the only Butterfly Effect you need to see is this one.
Oh and MAKE SURE you see the version with the theatrical ending… NOT the director’s cut… the theatrical ending is FAR SUPERIOR to the director’s cut (some people think otherwise, but… no… the theatrical ending is open-ended, less disgusting, and more believable).
Absolutely underrated, and superbly-directed.