This endlessly charming film is also surprisingly filled with emotional depth and subtle humour. A treat to watch.
I can't define in words how much I adored this film, but I simply had to say that I do. Oh New York, I do love you, this film gives me visions of myself if I was put in a place I wanted to be in five years, twenty five years ago.
"You see the world from such lofty heights that everything below is a bit comical to you, isn't it?"
Sort of a preppy Woody Allen vibe here, or "F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Teenage Years".
It took me less than five minutes to realize I HATED this film. It's really no surprise Lena Dunham is a fan of Stillman, as this film is somewhat of a prototype for her vacuous body of work.
Part of me laughs at the characters' stupidity, and another part of me wants to make all the mistakes try did. A fantastic film.
This was a strange movie, it didn't feel like it was set in the real world, but rather the self-contained and self-centered world of these characters. I mostly liked it, despite all the characters being inherently (and intentionally) unlikable. But the narrative didn't seem to go anywhere by the end of the film and the protagonist (Tom) was dull and poorly acted. Witty and enjoyable, but ultimately forgettable.
Some really interesting dialogs, but somehow fails to deliver a full connection of them all. Though many characters are very well build, Nick didn't measure up to the expectations and got lost in his several contradictions - especially by presenting an idiotic fragile side and low self-esteem instead of the manipulatory intelligence expected of a "player" with that kinds of thoughts.