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  • Summary: San Francisco musician Goh Nakamura is barely scraping by playing live gigs and teaching guitar. So when a filmmaker friend asks him to teach guitar lessons to TV star Danny Turner for his upcoming movie role, Goh jumps at the chance. While on tour together, things get complicated when Goh'sSan Francisco musician Goh Nakamura is barely scraping by playing live gigs and teaching guitar. So when a filmmaker friend asks him to teach guitar lessons to TV star Danny Turner for his upcoming movie role, Goh jumps at the chance. While on tour together, things get complicated when Goh's high school flame Rachel shows up. (Tiger Industry Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Sep 27, 2011
    70
    A rambling valentine to San Francisco musician Goh Nakamura, Surrogate Valentine is a stylish pseudo-portrait that refracts Nakamura's gently impassive persona and lilting indie pop ballads through several lenses.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 27, 2011
    60
    Mumblecore goes on the road in Dave Boyle's slight but amiable buddy comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Sep 27, 2011
    50
    Dave Boyle's picture is fueled by no overriding visual style, relying completely on its actors' chemistry for momentum. Unfortunately, the two strike no sparks.
  4. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Sep 29, 2011
    50
    But the story never asserts itself in any dramatic or comedic or even home-movie fashion. It turns on whether the dopey actor can coax the quiet musician out of his shell (not much) and if the quiet musician can connect with his high school crush (I'll say no more, as that's the only suspense).
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 27, 2011
    50
    The relationship between the two leads neither deteriorates nor seriously improves and last-minute romantic developments don't so much as give shape to the narrative as play as perfunctory gestures of closure.

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