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116 Ratings


Directed by Jennifer Phang
United States, 2015
Drama, Family, Sci-Fi


In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.

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Advantageous Directed by Jennifer Phang

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Dramatic (Special Jury Prize)

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | Nominee: John Cassavetes Award

Among critics, Advantageous has been labelled as “soap-operatic,” “tedious,” and “small.” But real motherhood is all of the above. The film does not shy away from the reality of maternal sacrifice as a heavy, tangled mess of politics, families, personal wants and needs. Instead, it implicates us for failing to ease the mother’s burden.
April 18, 2016
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This is not a work of cinema bound by overblown genre prerogatives: Phang gives Advantageous a nimble touch and a devastating conclusion, more a chamber drama of its milieu than anything remotely close to satire. It will be measured in coming years not for whiz-bang visuals or hoary monologues, but for its prescience.
July 22, 2015
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Too often, contemporary science-fiction movies are just thrillers pumped up with SFX and the latest in zap-gun futurology… Every so often, though, a small-scale, thoughtful movie like “Advantageous” comes along and summons up a speculative new world with brains, some frugal sleight of hand and the cool confidence that, in the future, our greatest threat won’t be rampaging robots or alien invasions but the same hard-charging menace that’s haunted the planet since time immemorial — people.
June 25, 2015
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