For reasons that probably have something to do with the "Green Lantern" and the tabloids, Ryan Reynolds tends to be dismissed in considerations of serious thirty-something actors.

He has a propensity for serious and offbeat projects that belies that image, however. You can't be a bland movie star and take on the lead role in Marjane Satrapi's "The Voices," for example, playing a serial killer driven to murder by your Scottish-accented talking cat, now can you?

Yet here Reynolds is, twisting and subverting his good looks as Jerry, a deeply disturbed man working in a pink-hued factory and trying desperately to overcome the urges implanted in him by the aforementioned cat.

Satrapi, an accomplished graphic novelist, presents an askew world that blends bright kitsch and a pop sensibility with Jerry's dark inner life. She wants to make you laugh at this man while simultaneously inspiring you to cringe and cry. Her star pulls it off.

Directed by Marjane Satrapi
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver, Gemma Arterton
Rated R
Playing at AMC Empire 25