Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself is one of those sweet, rather sentimental movies that makes you want to save a place in your heart for the human race despite where we may see the world headed. “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry”… But maybe we ain’t so bad after all. We can sure suspend dis-belief for the moment and enjoy the film at least And isn’t that what the movies are ultimately all about?
Two brothers in their early middle age have inherited a book shop from their father, who has recently died. Harbour (the more practical and centered one) and Wilbur. Of the title. Not only does Wilbur want to kill himself but he tries repeatedly – and unsuccessfully. His brother hangs in there with him throughout. Wilbur has parental issues.
Into their life comes a woman with a young daughter, both of whom change the brothers lives. As with movies of this genre, there are tears, there is laughter, and there is hope at the end of the trail. We just gotta keep on keepin’ on.