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  • Summary: 25-year-old Max Solomon would like to be a writer, but has to admit he’s just not going to make it with his pen when his play, “The Onion Dance,” meets with a catastrophic reaction in its opening performance. His best buddies are Dave, who brownnoses his way to a monumentally boring mid-level sales job with no future, and Tommy, a slacker best suited for hanging out in a coffee shop and being funny. With career options like these in front of him, Max commits an impulse bank robbery—of an absolutely unique, but effective, sort. Holding a gun on his own head, he relieves interested teller Lucy of the cash in her register and rejoins his disbelieving but admiring friends. In the next three days, more unusual robberies happen and a compelling romance blooms between Max and Lucy while Dave and Tommy have their lives equally changed and Max has to question his newfound success. SKills Like This is a hilarious, original and freewheeling comedy with a real heart, winner of a well-deserved Audience Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival. (Shadow Distribution) Expand
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  1. 70
    Skills Like This is not a movie that asks to be taken seriously.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Likable but lightweight slacker comedy.
  3. Drawing much of its energy from an eclectic and fully integrated soundtrack, Skills Like This gazes indulgently on 20-something aimlessness and the comfort of assigned roles. In Mr. Miranda's hands sloth can be more appealing than you might think.
  4. 42
    Skills Like This is never great. But for its first half-hour, it's more fitfully amusing than a movie about a bank-robbing playwright ought to be.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Too bad all the forced whimsy of this "Bottle Rocket" wannabe feels maniacally scattershot -- like an off night at an improv club -- rather than organically inspired.
  6. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Skills thinks it's far more magically whimsical than it really is.
  7. 40
    Still, every generation deserves its own coming-of-age cinematic snapshot; if this is that, though, things are tougher than I thought.

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  1. AlK
    Mar 29, 2009
    The very definition of cult classic. I told my bud on the way out: in 10 years, this will be the film we'll be getting drunk to and quoting every damn line in the movie (if we haven't both already died from massive liver failure). The flick has got "Caddyshack" level lines wizzing out at you every other second, perhaps the highest compliment I can bestow on a film of a comedic nature. And I want to be the first to say it if hit hasn't been said already: This Spencer Berger fella is gonna be a star. I'm a dude and I was knocked on my fat rump by his charisma. And can someone please get the lawyers in the paralegal scene their own TV show? Pretty please? Expand
  2. Capt.Zed
    Mar 22, 2009
    This movie is hilarious! Brian D. Phelan is especially great as the goofy sidekick Tommy. If you loved Bottle Rocket, you'll love this scrappy little comedy. Expand
  3. ChrisB
    Mar 28, 2009
    Awesome. If you like good comedy that isn't the same old bs you will love this. I think it's before it's time in the comedy genre. We've all talked about robbing a bank/liquor store/kmart in a joking way, so why not take the joke further. Expand