In an unbelievably assured debut as a director, Liev Schreiber adapts Jonathan
Safran Foer's comic pseudobiographical novel about a fastidious American (Wood)
on a Ukrainian road trip with an Ali G-esque tour guide (Hutz). Compared with
its antic setup, the second half is an emotional gut punch, as Wood nears the
town of Trachimbrod and the horrifying truth at the end of his quest (which
also, coincidentally, involves a ring). Though it indulges in some egregious
examples of quirkiness—dog reaction shots and foreign manglings of the English
language—Everything Is Illuminated will still knock you out.