You Had Me at ‘But I Can’t Tell You That’

movie poster Dakota Skye (2008)

Oh my. I’m now completely in love with the movie Dakota Skye. I watched it via Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” on 9/10/2009. I don’t know much about it yet aside from what I saw during the movie but I’m going to because its writer is now on my must-follow list. Perhaps a little chick flick-ish, to me though, it was just a powerful story, one with which I personally connect. Sure some of the acting and dialogue (mostly supporting characters) were iffy in parts.

For the most part though, it was so heartfelt, so genuine and so close to home that I knew I’d love it as soon as I saw the opening scene. The music helped. The songs used were perfect for the scenes within which they played. But it’s really the chemistry between Jonah and Dakota that makes this movie work. *sigh* I think Juno might be bumped out of my number one slot of all-time favorite feel good movies…maybe *smiles*.

Jonah’s response to Dakota is my favorite scene from the movie. Enjoy the clip below.


For as long as she could remember, Dakota Skye has been cursed with a super power. She has the ability to see the truth in any lie she hears. From small, harmless white lies, to the more devious kind, they have come from the people that she should trust the most; her family, friends and teachers. These lies have snowballed, leading to her becoming bitter and apathetic towards the world around her. Now seventeen, Dakota just watches the world happen around her, unmotivated to join it. She has a boyfriend who plays in a semi-popular local rock band and her best friend from childhood, but finds little joy in her own life. One day, Jonah comes into town. It only takes a few days before Dakota notices something about him that sets him apart from the other people in her life. He doesn’t lie. Through her friendship with Jonah, her eyes are opened to the world around her and she sees that there is something out there more than all the lies. There is a possibility of something different… something better. If only he wasn’t her boyfriend’s best friend. Now she must make a choice. Can she go back to the apathy that has dictated her life, ignoring something potentially amazing? Can she take the leap into the unknown with Jonah, ignoring all the repercussions that may come from that decision? Is he really the person that she thinks he is and wants him to be? The only thing that becomes clear is that Dakota can no longer be a spectator in her own life. She has to look at her life as it was, is and could be and make a choice for the first time. Written by director, John Humber

One Reply to “You Had Me at ‘But I Can’t Tell You That’”

  1. Follow this link to read the official Dakota Skye blog. And who woulda thunk it? This was written by a man! His name is Chad J. Shonk. I’m really looking forward to his next screenplay.

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