I am giving this movie five stars because I think it was absolutely wonderful. This movie was charming too but not only that, it was beyond good. I fell in love with Amy. She made me laugh, she's so sincere and also sassy and just fucking GREAT! I cried with her, I was psyched for her. Definitely recommend this film that not only had humour but also a message.
I made a personal vow to watch a film in its entirety before reviewing it on MUBI. I almost succeeded! Bailed after 54 min. on this alleged piece of entertainment. At least I disclosed that I couldn't stand to sit thru it, but after 54 minutes, it was just getting dumber. A trite comedy.
More interesting than it might seem. Tropes are subverted cleverly -- Cusack's character, moments with the parents, a duplicitous protagonist. I liked the film's dry and simple tone as well which nicely fit the film's 'you're not special' message. Not to mention Emma Roberts gives a great performance.
This thing has a lot of issues (asinine instances that awkwardly mesh humor and drama, a protagonist that feels like a victim of multiple-personality disorder, a transgender character clearly added in for shock/difference, etc), however, I can't shake the themes of embargoed creativity and the post-collegelistlessness topics I love to bring up in my reviews. Decent performances and strong themes barely save this.