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Easier with Practice

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A writer traveling to promote his unpublished novel enters into a bizarre phone relationship with a mysterious woman in this cellular love story based on Davey Rothbart's autobiographical GQ article of the same name. Davy Mitchell (Brian Geraghty) is a writer who has yet to realize his full potential. In order to raise awareness about his latest manuscript, Davy hits the road with his younger brother Sean (Kel O'Neill) and begins performing readings for small groups across the country. One night, while sitting in a lonely hotel, Davy's phone rings unexpectedly. The voice on the other end of the line belongs to Nicole, and before long Davy and Nicole have established a unique bond despite the fact that they've never actually met face to face. The more Davy gets to know Nicole, the happier he becomes. But when the time finally comes to meet his long-distance love interest, the itinerant writer realizes that before he can truly be honest with Nicole, he must first start being honest with himself. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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  • Actors: Brian Geraghty, Kel O'Neill, Marguerite Moreau, Jeanette Brox, Jenna Gavigan
  • Directors: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003517UW2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,823 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Easier with Practice" on IMDb

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on April 21, 2010
Format: DVD
Davy Mitchell (Brian Geraghty) is a not very successful author on a road trip with his brother trying to sell copies of his first collection of short stories. This unglamorous trip consists primarily of giving readings to unenthused audiences at book stores throughout the southwest. While in Gallup, New Mexico, Davy is relaxing in his hotel room when he receives an unexpected phone call. A woman identifies herself as Nicole and says that she wants to have phone sex. The somewhat dweebish and socially inept Davy at first is hesitant to play along. However, when he reluctantly has phone sex with Nicole, he finds that he enjoys it, leading to a series of calls. Soon, he considers Nicole to be his girlfriend, even though they have never met or even exchanged pictures. He begins to want more.

"Easier with Practice" is a terrific indie gem that explores modern day alienation. When he's surrounded by people, Davy feels alone and overwhelmed; only by escaping through his cell phone calls to a basically anonymous woman can he feel a connection to someone. Gotta love modern day technology and the changes it brings to social relationships! The movie is anchored by a first-rate performance by Brian Geraghty ("The Hurt Locker"), who successfully captures the loneliness and social awkwardness of this character. The normally baby-faced actor sports a beard and glasses, and this physical transformation allows the normally handsome actor to morph into his character. More importantly, Geraghty isn't afraid of appearing vulnerable and even pathetic at times, which allows the somewhat strange story to feel complete believable. It's truly compelling and award-worthy acting.

First time director and co-writer, Kyle Patrick Alvarez, does some nice subtle work here.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mulcahy on April 6, 2010
Format: DVD
With no dependence on Mad Hatters or Blue Aliens jumping out at you, Easier With Practice commits to a rare element seldom seen in Cinema of late, story and humility. Easier With Practice is a film for people who love real movies made by people who love real movies and it shows. The tight-knit fascinating characters slowly unravel in such a pace that we feel their evolution at the same pace they do. Director, Kyle Patrick Alvarez and the talented cast are able to give the characters a rare humility seldom seen any more, whether in mainstream or independent film.

Other reviewers have already adequately explained the story so I will not. I will only say that with a brilliant young cast; an original, warming, and often-funny story; and a hip soundtrack Easier With Practice is touching, entertaining, contemporary and simply well done. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you might even pick up the phone and call that special someone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 21, 2014
Format: DVD
Easier with Practice (Kyle Patrick Alvarez, 2009)

There is a lot about Easier with Practice to like; it feels like (and, really, it is) the kind of story that a stranger sitting next to you in the bar, with whom you've struck up a conversation because there's nothing better to do and the TV is turned to baseball yet again, tells you out of the blue in order to get it off his chest. That feeling carries through into the film realm very well, at least it does in this picture. The problem is that, as the story goes on, you get a very distinct feeling that perhaps the nice guy sitting next to you is maybe not quite as nice as he may have at first seemed. Now, it's entirely possible to paint this in a good light—he's being as honest as he can be about his feelings and reactions to the situation in which he finds himself, and any therapist worth his or her salt will tell you that you can't effectively process this sort of stuff without being entirely honest with yourself. On the other hand, when you show it to outsiders, to people who weren't there, the urge to whitewash things, to make yourself look better, is sometimes best followed. (That it might well have changed the ending of the story here is irrelevant.)

As we open, Davy Mitchell (ATM's Brian Geraghty), a budding novelist, is on media's most depressing book tour with his brother Sean (Pulse's Kel O'Neill). They've financed the entire thing themselves, they're halfway across the country, they're near-broke, and they're not selling anything out of that trunkful of books. (As a side note, the movie is based on a GQ article by Davy Rothbart, who had a version of this story actually happen to him while he was touring Found exactly like this.
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While far from a perfect film, this is a welcome reminder of why indie film-making is so important to U.S. cinema. This is a story you haven't seen before, told in a bold and honest way, and willing to deal with complex emotions and no answers.

It all starts when a painfully shy, introverted writer on a pathetic book tour(accompanied by his brother) gets what seems to be a wrong number call from a sexy sounding strange woman that morphs into hot phone sex (all in one long multi-minute take).

The odd development of this intense and mysterious ongoing phone relationship, and how it effects Davy's lonely life makes up the rest of the
story, often going in delightfully or disturbingly unexpected directions (which I won't spoil here).

There are a couple of real weak spots. Some of the actors aren't quite up to the sophisticated subtlety of what Averez is going after. None of the cast is 'bad' but great actors in certain choice roles could have brought out much more. There also a huge technical cinematic cheat that is so obvious, and so central to the story that it really alienated and angered me at a key moment. I won't give away specifics here, but there had to be a more honest way to pull off the film's central twist.

But I'm still glad I saw the film, and I find it resonating with me the next day.
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