Sibling hostilities arise when reckless undergrad Gabi moves into her older brother Sam’s New York apartment for the summer. Among other things, Gabi runs around naked, doesn’t contribute to the rent and sets out to seduce her brother’s friend.
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Extremely well-drawn characters that exemplify an important discourse about the art world and listless youth vs responsibility. I really felt for all of these characters and they made me laugh A LOT. 5/5
Funny and affecting portrait of a group of friends adrift in NYC, whose summer is disrupted by a one of their wild younger sisters. Takes a pretty typical indie/mumblecore theme and turns it into something surprisingly perceptive and humane.
The movie was set in New York City. There were no black or brown people of in it. This is not a criticism. The movie paints an accurate picture of the lives of a certain kind of people. Watching this movie, it was like watching a foreign film and noticing all the little peculiarities of a culture. And I grew up in New York. So that was interesting.
Gabi is probably one of the worst characters ever committed to screen. I was hoping at any moment that a No-Wave film crew would break in and "Funny Games" the whole cast and crew. The only way I ended up enjoying this film was viewing it as a parody of mumblecore.
Levine’s near-clinical observation of a set of unmoored semi-adults is withering, and the detachment disarming as the banalities, rationalizations and self-deceptions that pass for communication pile up. This the most Rohmer-like of the American indies I have seen. There's little moral high ground to be found here, however, and no character seems willing to look for it. Outstanding cinematography, superb acting.
Ah, mumblecore. Again you bring out the very worst in pretentious characters.
Some fun moments here at least.
But - damn - I would not want to spend a SECOND hanging around any of these horrible people. Just the worst. And watching them go through their machinations is, while intriguing at times, utterly painful.
It really goes nowhere and is only a passing of time with these truly despicable characters.
2.5 Was better the first time I saw it, as I was closer to grad school age. Now the characters feel somewhat tiresomely adrift. Foreshadows the "Girls" TV series. Fortunately, Lena Dunham's cameo is very small here. The brother-sister plot is well-handled as both try to navigate their new "adult" relationship. They struggle to show their love via control, guilt, anger, and finally acceptance.