Ivy is an epileptic college student who keeps her condition at bay as she goes back home to Brooklyn for the summer. Increasingly distressed by the drama in her life, Ivy tries to stay resilient, lest it all boil over…
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I give it three stars for effort. Looks beautiful. Nice, natural performances. But let's be honest: This flick is some lightweight shit. Seriously. I'm pretty much pathetic and I've had more interesting romantic conflicts than these two characters. That and the last thing we need is another indie movie about kids in Brooklyn.
I didn't connect with any of the characters in this film. I only watched it halfway through. It exhausted me. It's weird because I'm in Brooklyn RIGHT now and AM a white woman. The heavy way these people spoke, the apathetic vibe? I don't get it.
✺ They mention a British movie called "Zoo" in this movie; this is how I realized what the title of Peter Greenaway's "A Zed & Two Noughts" meant ✺ This movie captures a very specific kind of angst really well ✺ Apparently, this movie was shot guerrilla filmmaking style ✺
The Exploding Girl is a small, introverted rom-dram-com about a college-age woman with epilepsy, and that's about it. The film is really slow and meditative - a little too slow and meditative, actually. Zoe Kazan is good, but there just isn't much to the movie, and it isn't saying anything interesting or unique enough to make up for the lack of content.
The antidote to CGI lovefests. Poignant and charming. The performance by Zoe Kazan was quite good. Slow pace of the film is refreshing in this day of gratuitous CGI and editing that makes your head spin.
This movie is quiet and somewhat tense, but simple. It is very realistic—the dialogue, the interactions, and the relationships portray college students well—but it is also somewhat predictable. I enjoyed it, and would recommend it if you are bored; but if there is a movie that looks better, then you should watch that instead. (Unless you like movies that you are supposed to watch when you are bored, which I do.)