Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Three Dramatic Comedies About Personal Identity That Look Interesting

1. Your Sister's Sister
Written and directed by Lynn Shelton.
Like most American men, I love the hell out of Emily Blunt. And I think Mark Duplass is a pretty all-around talented guy. Also, I enjoyed Rosemarie DeWitt in Rachel Getting Married. Now they're all in a dramatic comedy together. And it takes place at a vacation home in the mountains next to a lake. There's late-night drinking. It's mostly conversation. There's a guy losing track of his life. A main theme is sex with friends' sisters. There's almost nothing I don't like about the plot. But it'll most likely take a more dramatic turn about 20 minutes into the movie, and Emily Blunt is going to cry a lot and it's probably going to be wildly charming.

2. Celeste And Jesse Forever
Written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger.
Anyone who's tried to remain legitimately good friends with their ex immediately after breaking up knows what an insane, unsettling, downright bewildering experience that is. Now there's a movie about it with Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones, who actually co-wrote it. It's going to have a lot of moments of the ex-couple staring at each other and then not able to make eye contact for a while. Is it going to have a rad, moody soundtrack? Good chance. Is it going to make all viewers feel really awkward a whole lot? Probably. Is it a movie that was almost specifically made to be watched by couples drinking cheap red wine? Almost assuredly. Am I going to want to comfort the hell out of Rashida Jones? Fucking...definitely.

3. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Written and directed by Stephen Chbosky.
I read the book when I was 16 or 17, and you can't read a better book at that age. I figure it's sort of our generation's Catcher In The Rye. I haven't read it since high school, and, if I read it now, it would probably seem trivial and exhausting (because teenagers are trivial and exhausting). But that book understood teenagers in an almost unnerving way. It had the themes of being simultaneously overwhelmed and underwhelmed, every moment counting, feeling like the world is beautifully endless, and the great shaking terror and hope in the future opening up to you for you to really do something. The movie looks like it'll get it pitch-perfect, seeing as how the book's author also wrote and directed the film. This movie's going to feel like time travel, and I'm probably going to get drunk and call Julia's old house to talk to my teenage self and his goofball, moody, philosophical friends to tell them that everything's going to turn out just fine, but since Julia's parents moved to Oregon, the new people are going to be SO pissed about me crying on the phone and giving them life advice.

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