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Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)

Kent Osborne , Andrew Bujalski , Joe Swanberg  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kent Osborne, Andrew Bujalski, Greta Gerwig, Ry Russo-Young, Mark Duplass
  • Directors: Joe Swanberg
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00125WAVY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Hannah, a recent college graduate, spends a brutally hot Chicago summer falling in and out of love. As she struggles to find personal and professional fulfullment through various relationships with friends and co-workers, she leaves destruction in her wake. Outstanding casts of rising indie film stars create an intimate look at friendship, ambition and th pursuit of happiness.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Like, Don't, Like, Bother With This, Like, Movie June 11, 2012
One of the main conversations at the end of the movie has Hannah and her soon-to-be boyfriend using the word "like" SOOOO many times, that I was laughing! It was supposed to be a scene of self-reflection for both and becomes inane.

Oh, was this tedious! It just a slice-of-life, low budget film that looks to have been made in someone's basement. Everyone is a slacker at some "job" in a very ill-defined, Chicago-area, cinder-block closet. It appears to be some video production company, but the lack of any work or any overheard conversations, on and off of phones, really doesn't make it clear. The characters are pathetic and annoying - ultimately unrealistic and wooden. The actors and actresses seem to be relying on some direction for the story. The lack of depth simply makes the characters unsympathetic and the viewer is left finding zero empathy with any one of them. In most of the movie, I believed that the cast was drunk and simply ad-libbing in their drunken states. Just look at how red their faces and watery the eyes are throughout!

Why this movie was picked-up by Weinstein or IFC is beyond me. Maybe they all like looking at Hannah's nude body or the male nudity at the end.

Please note that the DVD cover gives the movie "No Rating", but the nudity itself and the highly adult "relationships" storyline is not for young viewers. This is a twenty-something movie. It uses the word "like" so many times, that I was screaming it to prompt the coming of the word. I'm from Chicago and never heard the word used so much in conversation. It's a sign of bad speech and writing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The only redeeming quantity are the nude scenes October 14, 2010
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There is an opening shower scene with one lover. And a closing bathtub scene with a third lover. The middle lover didn't get a nude scene. The nude scenes are the highlight (the only highlight) of this movie. The cinematography is good so a star for that and another for the leading lady's charms. You have to wonder if they made up the script as they went along. It is worse than mundane. I cannot believe anyone talking like these people do. I cannot believe these people work at a television show. There are scenes where she makes faces at a bus stop. I don't know why she dumped the shower guy. But the bathtub guy playing a horn along with nude Hannah playing her horn was worth the $1.17 I paid for a used copy. But don't waste your life watching the middle of this. How did it ever get into blockbuster?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting August 14, 2013
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If you aren't a Greta Gerwig fan you probably won't care for the movie. It's chock full of the "Gerwig Lunacy" which I always enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting coming of age film March 16, 2013
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...but only moderately entertaining. Usual Hollywood mess of what started as a good script. Put in my secondary collection for now.
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2.0 out of 5 stars self-indulgent art film October 3, 2010

Joe Swanberg`s "Hannah Takes the Stairs" is a low-budget art-film done in a quasi-improvisational style. It centers around a group of self-absorbed twenty-somethings who spend most of their time sitting around discussing life and relationships as if such subjects had never been talked about before. The result is a sometimes insightful but more often tedious look into the mindset of today's younger generation.

Hannah (Greta Gerwig) is a neo-Bohemian playwright with poor instincts when it comes to men, who, upon dumping her ne'er-do-well musician boyfriend, immediately strikes up romances with two fellows at the obviously loosey-goosey TV production company where she works. The movie strives hard to be as extemporaneous as possible both in its performances and its direction, and while that does yield a few moments of truth and honesty along the way (the break-up scene is almost painfully convincing), too much of the movie is simply vapid and self-indulgent, with a trio of perfectly able-bodied young folk puling and mewling and whining about life to the point where we just don`t care to listen to them anymore.

With no real plot or storyline to speak of, watching "Hannah Takes the Stairs" is a bit like staring at someone else's random doodlings for an hour-and-a-half and finding no real reason why we should care about them. And, oh yes, unless I missed it, no actual staircase appears in the movie, with or without Hannah going up or down it. I guess it must be metaphorical.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The camera does more than just 'record', ya know... August 4, 2009
Transitionally and historically speaking, the entire canon of independent filmmaking has derived from a basic desire to be `anti-Hollywood;' a reaction to the sameness associated with mainstream films. But this movement known as Mumblecore became its own cookie-cutter, like putting up a mirror in front of something and calling the reflection the original. These films are so ingrained within Hollywood ideology, I wouldn't be surprised if big budget films started moving into this aesthetic for stylistic intent. Indie films in the past were reflexive of the politics of the era in order to challenge (for lack of a better term) 'mainstream' ideals in regards to cinema; this new mode of digital filmmaking has made an absolute economy out of it.

Hannah is a basic plot; a bored girl has boring relationships, finds love, the end.
Stylistically, we're dealing with an absolute bare bones project: The film keeps `on location,` the location typically being two or three sparsely decorated houses; the mise-en-scene is kept quite minimal. The cameras are also completely framed with a handheld `home video' look, exemplifying both the digital video era we are currently living in, as well as evoking a type of YouTube-esque exhibitionism.
It's the content of Hannah that is so perplexingly frustrating; there is nothing that the text could be saying. The director is aiming for 'naturalized' acting, 'naturalized' situations, and 'ultimate realism.' But for what purpose? 'To document a generation.' Well, then do a documentary; don't create an absolutely facetious representation that is inherently speaking to absolutely nothing. What's the point of creating if there's no creativity?
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