Joe Fulton is a man who can do anything, from fixing your sink to arranging international financing for a construction project. He produces online advertising and he’s written a big fat novel. He’s also a pretty good drummer. But success eludes him.
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I liked it, and it had the Hartley trademarks of a particular type of dialogue, but he didn't really treat his women with the respect that he usually does. They didn't seem realized. The nudity seemed gratuitous. As someone else mentioned, the scene in the bar with the writer seemed contrived.
I think this movie had the potential to be good but overall I felt like I was watching an episode of Seinfeld and Kramer, George and Jerry are combined into one person that was just horrible. This truly was a movie about nothing exciting, The main character can do anything but does nothing better than anyone. I will not be watching any more films by Hal Hartly again. I wish I could have the last hour of my life back.
As a man, and especially in light of the implosion of the candidacy of Donald John Trump ne Drumpf of 1842 drug pusher fame (we Rentz/Santlee Novelty Company do not forget) ... I must simply remark upon the perfect female breast, revealed in this film. A dark, and clothed woman, consensually revealing her wonderful skin. In that scene my entire universe is mended, nursed and found wonder.
For this we Praise Bob.
Were one to look up the definition of "hustler" in an online dictionary, one'd surely encounter Joe Fulton's likeness.
Nobody does it better than H. Hartley, though Whit Stillman & Sophia Coppola + Wong Kar Wai tap a similar vein.
This film was about an average man who has a lot of skills and is talented in many different fields. I found this film very amusing and interesting. It seemed like it was a lower budget film because some of the actors didn't perform as well as others. It had a good storyline and it kept you interested because there was always a problem that needed solving. Overall I really enjoyed the film.
Hartley's films flow effortlessly. This one perhaps more so than others. He drops us into a world already in motion and we run along, trying to keep up. The rapid fire dialogue is smart and funny in that order. He leaves us with what appears to be the start of a new chapter.
A daylong meander in the life of a itinerant dreamer, Meanwhile could have been a precious Hartley indie that is more about dialogue and eccentricities than plot. However, I received a latent thrill from its seemingly subtler themes that one's life is more than the sum of success and instead is about how others are touched on the journey. A great cast of character bits adds up to more than its parts.