A down-and-out, flamboyant playwright who escorts wealthy widows in Manhattan’s Upper East Side takes a young, cross-dressing and aspiring writer under his wing and teaches him his unique perspective on life.
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i almost want to give this 5 stars. This is joyful and fetishized in all the right ways. A serious film, light and magic. Paul Dano and Kevin Kline are totally alive, lost in themselves and an offering to chaos. Beautifully shot. A period piece without even trying.
As a great admirer of Jonathan Ames (The Alcoholic, Bored to Death), I was looking forward to see another audiovisual production based on the man's witty writing. If you live in a liminal space tucked between the past and the present and if you can avoid the inevitable comparison to Wes Anderson (the opening reverie is straight out of Rushmore) you might love this thing
On a subtle subject, the right & the pleasure of being different, & not only sexually, the authors have built a light & never vulgar comedy, in the register of Harold & Maud.-- Sur un sujet subtil, le droit & le plaisir d'être différent, & pas que sexuellement, les auteurs ont construit 1 comédie légère, jamais vulgaire, dans le registre d'Harold & Maud.-- Note the awesome contribution of Patti (My Lady) d'ARBANVILLE
Extra, dites-vous ? N'allons pas chercher si loin ! Les auteurs d'American Splendor semblent avoir perdu de leur mordant en se reposant sur leurs acteurs. Avouons que Paul Dano et Kevin Kline font l'essentiel du show, épaulés par de jolis seconds rôles. Ce n'est pas dans le scénario ou la mise en scène "calibrés pour Sundance' que nous trouverons une prise de risque. Rigolo et sympathique, mais très oubliable...
The voice over feels very out of place, especially since it is dropped quickly. The whole film has a Wonder Boys feel (even has Katie Holmes reprise her plot purpose), but falls short of being as compelling. If you have not seen Wonder Boys, watch that instead.
Not nearly as good as the novel. I shouldn't have read it before seeing the film - but oh well. Glad to see Jonathan Ames worked on the screenplay. Paul Dano and Kevin Kline are wonderful together. They are the true embodiments of Louis and Henry.
A film about a misogynist racist conman with greatness delusions that lives in NY and rents a room to an insecure young man new in town. He teaches him how to be an asshole too and how to use people without suffering any consequences, and that is suppose to be the funny part(?). And all ends with a happy ending.