Syndrome of the Systematic is a 2014 American Romantic Comedy Drama film written and directed by Gabor Csupo starring Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, Kaya Scodelario, RJ Mitte, Jeremy Irons, Barbara Hershey, Ryan Reynolds, Arlen Escarpeta, Evan Peters, John C. Reilly and Hilary Swank.


The film chronicles the story of a young man whom falls into manic depression after his childhood friend is killed and whilst undergoing straining sessions in a support group comes to meet an equally troubled woman of his past dealing with the loss of her beloved.

The film received positive reception from critics and audiences upon its' screening at the Cairns Film Festival and its' theatrical run which began on August 4th, 2014 and finished on September 2nd, 2014.


22 year old Thomas Newell (Skylar Astin) suffers a complete mental breakdown following the tragic barfight which results in the death of his longtime girlfriend Kate Walsh (Kaya Scodelario) whom he had prepared to propose to. Thomas' well meaning parents struggle to keep up with him and in consultation with his two bestfriends Randy (Arlen Escarpeta) and Nate (Evan Peters) chuck him into a support group for people who have lost a loved one. The group is headed by Thomas' eldest sister Meredith (Hilary Swank) who is dealing with a husband that hung himself.

In group Thomas' first bad experiences and irresponsible antics commited along with Randy and Nate introduce him throught to fellow griever Hayley Alexianis (Anna Camp), a beautiful, persistent and pushy blonde dealing with the death of her boyfriend James Graynor (RJ Mitte) a handsome athlete who along with her attended the same high school as Thomas, Randy and Nate.

James had only just died in a tragic car accident whilst rushing home to propose to her and since than Hayley herself went through an emotional breakdown and has not built up a system of mockery, taking the mickey of everything and resorting to abnormal and somewhat illegal activities to get her kicks. She ropes Thomas in despite Randy and Nate's protests and the two fall in love and through so reach out to others.


  • Skylar Astin as Thomas Newell
  • Anna Camp as Hayley Alexianis
  • Kaya Scodelario as Deceased Kate Walsh
  • RJ Mitte as Deceased James Graynor
  • Arlen Escarpeta as Randy Nox
  • Evan Peters as Nate Gordon
  • Aly Michalka as Jasmine Phillips
  • Kate Mara as Tanya Raymond
  • Jeremy Irons as Oswald Newell
  • Barbara Hershey as Patricia Newell
  • Hilary Swank as Meredith Newell
  • Ryan Reynolds as Justin Newell
  • Jessica Lange as Eden Alexianis
  • Tom Wilkinson as Robert Alexianis
  • Alexander Ludwig as Drue Alexianis
  • Kristin Connolly as Hollance Alexianis
  • John C. Reilly as Horace Porter
  • Sissy Spacek as Deceased Juliet Porter
  • Viola Davis as Adelaide Nox
  • Alfre Woodard as Josephine Nox
  • Brian Cox as Martin Gordon
  • James Rebhorn as Craig Walsh
  • Amanda Crew as Zoe Walsh
  • Bailee Madison as Taylor Walsh
  • Marcia Strassman as Lillian Graynor
  • Powers Boothe as Corbin Graynor
  • Ed Westwick as Lance Graynor
  • Jodelle Ferland as Nikki Graynor
  • Piper Perabo as Aunt Gale Alexianis


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  2. Sleepless Streets- Youngblood Hawke
  3. We Started Nothing- The Ting Tings
  4. Misery Loves Company- Porter Wagoner
  5. Troublemaker- Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida
  6. The Man Without Fear- Drowning Pool
  7. Fly On- Burning Trees
  8. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps- Doris Day
  9. A Bushel and a Peck- Doris Day
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