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Supporting Characters (2012)

Alex Karpovsky , Tarik Lowe , Daniel Schechter  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alex Karpovsky, Tarik Lowe, Arielle Kebbel, Kevin Corrigan, Lena Dunham
  • Directors: Daniel Schechter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BD5GGFO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,576 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A behind-the-scenes relationship film with refreshingly little interest in mythologizing or caricaturing the film biz its protagonists inhabit…earns a steady stream of laughs while taking its questions about grown-up romance seriously. --The Hollywood Reporter

It charmed the pants right off me…genuinely written with feeling, humor and friendship that feels true and complicated. --Filmmaker Magazine

Part bromance, part ode to '70s comedies like Modern Romance… its honest and smart look at relationships and friendship inside the bubble of NYC would work as a perfect double feature with Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture. --Fandango

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Best friends Nick (Alex Karpovsky, Girls) and Darryl (co-writer Tarik Lowe) are a New York film editing duo, hired to salvage a botched comedy from a manic director (Kevin Corrigan, Pineapple Express) gone AWOL. But what starts as a simple job quickly sends their relationships with their significant others and each other reeling. Amidst trouble with his fiancée (Sophia Takal, V/H/S), Nick finds himself falling for the film s flirtatious ingénue (Arielle Kebbel, 90210); Darryl, meanwhile, struggles to focus on his editing work in between fights with his tempestuous girlfriend (Melonie Diaz, Be Kind Rewind). With real humor and heart, SUPPORTING CHARACTERS offers a sharp, knowing take on life and love in the big city.

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An Interview with Alex Karpovsky, Daniel Schechter, and Tarik Lowe


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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If you watch a lot of indie film, the template for Daniel Schechter's "Supporting Characters" should be instantly recognizable. This low budget endeavor about struggling filmmakers (in this case, editors) works with a easy charm through crisp dialogue and likable actors. It is one of those films where the characters sit around and hold discourse on a myriad of life's topics, most notably love and relationships. It's interesting to note, therefore, that the movie's most potent pairing is of the two editors themselves and not the love interests that surround them. "Supporting Characters" is at its strongest when leads Alex Karpovsky and Tarik Lowe square off in verbal banter. It might not be surprising that Lowe gets some of the cleverest dialogue, he shares a writing credit with Schechter on the film's screenplay. If you have it, use it! Lowe is both an appealing performer and an observant writer. If you enjoy engaging wordplay, this slight film has its share of pleasures. If, however, you require something more plot driven--this might not be your first choice of entertainment.

As we meet our protagonists, they are toiling on an ill-fated comedy in which the director (Kevin Corrigan) seems to have no input. From the editing bay, Karpovsky and Lowe try to create laughs where none exist. If you are interested in filmmaking, there are some nice moments. In the middle of an argument, they pause to see if a joke scores at a public screening (it doesn't) and some dubbing sequences provide big laughs. This isn't really about the job, however, it is more a relationship piece. Besides each other, the two also have girlfriends. Karpovsky is in a somewhat stagnant relationship with a fiancee (Sophia Takal) and Lowe is in a more volatile on-again/off-again pairing with Melonie Diaz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Supporting Characters August 15, 2013
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Movie is great and I enjoyed the chemistry between the 2 main characters. it's definitely worth buying and watching with a group of friends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SUPPORTING CHARACTERS Needed More Support June 20, 2013
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One of the problems inherent in making movies specifically about the process of making a movie is that sometimes the characters and situations can be so nuanced with real-world mechanics elements lose effectiveness when viewed by someone who isn't or hasn't been a part of the movie industry. When it's handled right - when it's handled broadly enough - then the writer and the director and the actors can escape that misstep and, instead, have better luck at delivering something that'll be embraced by both insiders and outsiders as a legitimate story worth telling. When it isn't handled right, then filmmakers run the risk of limiting the size of their audience. And what if it's done half-way? Then you end up with a film like SUPPORTING CHARACTERS, a "nice" character comedy that probably won't have much re-watch value but is smart and pleasant enough for a single experience.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then this ain't for you! Instead, I'd encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

Best buds Nick (played with way too much reserve by Alex Karpovsky) and Darryl (Tarik Lowe) work in New York as an editing team - they're typically hired to save poorly shot films into a sellable product. Adrian (Kevin Corrigan) is a director who, apparently, disappeared in the process of shooting his last film - a romantic comedy involving Jamie (Arielle Kebbel) as a dog-walker who falls in and out of love - so they're tasked with making the picture into a finished motion picture.
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