Roadside Attractions | Release Date: August 9, 2013
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Mike_MAug 25, 2013
Not at all bad, but not great or memorable. Given her talents and experience, it seems that Bell might have done better with her first feature if she'd made a sketch-driven comedy, and saved a comedy with a serious side for a later outing. AsNot at all bad, but not great or memorable. Given her talents and experience, it seems that Bell might have done better with her first feature if she'd made a sketch-driven comedy, and saved a comedy with a serious side for a later outing. As it is, there aren't enough of the funny bits, while more or less everything about the serious side falls flat.

The dramatic elements, the depth of the character and writing, the framing and composition, the social satire; they're all pretty slight. The tone shifts back and forth between a sort of pure-laughs comedy [Anchorman etc] and a serious comedy or satire [some Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach etc]. The clash inherent in this tone shift undercuts the serious side rather forcefully. If that weren't enough, the serious elements in themselves are pretty sophomoric.

However, it is enjoyable and warm-hearted, and Bell shows some chance of a better outing in the future.
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OnTrustAug 28, 2013
Interesting that all the male (white) roles in the film are caricatures, and all (save one) of the female roles are heroic/tragic despite severe character flaws. I wonder how the screenwriter would have portrayed a male that was an immoralInteresting that all the male (white) roles in the film are caricatures, and all (save one) of the female roles are heroic/tragic despite severe character flaws. I wonder how the screenwriter would have portrayed a male that was an immoral thirty-something couch-surfer, or a philandering hotel employee who sleeps with the paying guests? Feminist indeed! This won the screenwriting award at Sundance? hmmmmm Expand
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psyberdelicFeb 25, 2014
Interesting but talky. If you like a lot of dialogue this is your movie. It's a slice of life with an interesting point of view and the dialogue is written and delivered well. More of an "I've got some friends who are kind of interestingInteresting but talky. If you like a lot of dialogue this is your movie. It's a slice of life with an interesting point of view and the dialogue is written and delivered well. More of an "I've got some friends who are kind of interesting but it gets old after a while" kind of feel. Expand
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