Wants to be Cassavetes. Tires to be Cassavetes, but it is not even close. Cassavetes was not sloppy. Gets interesting towards the end, but leaves is wondering more about the "friends" involved rather than that main character.
With the aesthetic of Cassavetes, the Duplass Brothers' short film packs a punch. What starts out as seemingly mundane turns into the serious; a group of well-intentioned friends attempt to help their friend Steve come out of the closet, but their methods are less than ideal.
Great discovery for those who follow the Duplass Bros. these days. The build-up, subtle insights, and Altman-like dialogue makes this a worthy short flick. Punchy ending and mayhaps emblematic of the times?
With an aesthetic surely inspired by the work of Cassavetes, the story unfolds and shifts nicely from the allegedly friendly to the downright manipulative making the denial and acceptance come more off like an exercise in mind fucking.