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The Pretty One 2014 R CC

(70) IMDb 6.3/10
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Laurel (Kazan) has always been the odd wallflower, while her glamorous identical twin, Audrey (Kazan), possesses the confidence and appeal to succeed in the big city. When tragedy strikes and Laurel is mistaken for her twin sister, she makes the impulsive decision to assume her sister's identity and become The Pretty One.

Starring:
Frankie Shaw, Jake Johnson
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Jenée LaMarque
Starring Frankie Shaw, Jake Johnson
Supporting actors Zoe Kazan, Ron Livingston, John Carroll Lynch, Danny Pudi, Jeremy Howard, Sterling Beaumon, Shae D'lyn, Sabrina Lloyd, Lee Garlington, Jennifer Lafleur, Dale Raoul, Anne Gregory, Devan Leos, Luka Jones, Judith Drake, Audi Resendez, Bronwyn Cornelius, Mark Kelly
Studio Dada Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Travis Hopson on June 5, 2014
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Are there any movies about twins or doppelgangers that aren't creepy in some way? Maybe there are but it's not many, and their explorations of identity usually go down a dark path of ugly self-discovery. Even a sweet and somewhat cutesy rom-com like The Pretty One must overcome a gruesome premise before it heads into the light, but it gets plenty of help by Zoe Kazan's engaging lead performance.

Kazan pulls double-duty as twin sisters Audrey and Laurel. Audrey is "the pretty one"; outgoing, extroverted, glamorous, and living an exciting life in the big city. Laurel is basically her polar opposite; a mousy, poorly-dressed homebody who still lives with their Dad (John Carroll Lynch), helping him paint forgeries of famous paintings. While the sisters have a strong relationship, family gatherings prove awkward, serving to only highlight the vast differences between them. The boy next door, who Laurel has given her virginity to, still has eyes for Audrey. Laurel has resigned herself to a life of taking care of their dad, who has never quite gotten over the death of their mother.

Briefly losing its quirky edges, things get ugly after Audrey decides to rescue Laurel from her dull existence and take her back to the city, which sort of resembles a storybook version of Los Angeles. A make-over attempt goes awry when Laurel, lacking any true identity of her own, seeks out a look perfectly matching Audrey's. And, rather conveniently, it's just then that a terrible car accident kills Audrey, leaving Laurel in a coma. Upon awakening, Laurel learns that everyone thinks she's Audrey. Making the questionable decision to attend her own funeral; the lack of genuine emotion by the handful of attendees (including her father), forces Audrey to take the deception further.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kaye Buchanan on June 3, 2014
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This movie is perfect. The female lead is very convincing in her role as the timid sister who hasn't quite found her way. When the unthinkable happens and she loses her twin sister she copes with the grief in a unique way. After taking on her sister's identity she fumbles through the stages of her grief and takes us on her journey. I wasn't sure how I felt about her taking on her sisters identity, but then at one point in the movie she stated: "I couldn't let her go." Imagine looking in the mirror everyday and seeing your dead loved one look back at you. For me, that one line made her actions forgivable. Overall, the movie is sweet, funny, and a must see!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alison OConnell on June 2, 2014
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This movie is a sweet, well-acted exploration of identity. Easily passes the Bechdel test and defied my expectations every time I expected it to take a cliched route. Deftly handles family relationships, self-presentation and a really lovely romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ellesbelles on August 11, 2014
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Clearly a low-budget film but the storyline was still interesting enough to draw me in. In the path of facing the ultimate nightmare of an insensitive world surrounding the 'shy introvert girl' it still sparks a sense of frustration, inner guilt and a little over-the-top narcissism. If you can get past the relatively poor level of production (not an intentional insult to the producers or actors) you might be slightly intrigued - or at least somewhat satisfied with a way to pass the time. The good news is that it features Jake Johnson (New Girl) I don't care who you are that man is charming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RB on July 27, 2014
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I'm a big Zoe Kazan fan. There's a lot going on there to like. The performances by her and the other actors are terrific. I liked the plot as well. But something is off here. My guess would be the script--the pacing, the monochromatic flow, the development of Ms. Kazan's character...I can't put my finger on it. I did enjoy this movie. Didn't hate myself for losing 2 hours that I can't get back. It just seemed as if some critical pieces were missing somewhere. Parts of this movie are quite touching. The cemetery scene is super. I do still recommend the film for fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Steele on August 3, 2014
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This story is a little different than most twin stories, but it's very well acted and does have a somewhat gut-wrenching story line to it.
The main characters life gets thrown a bit into turmoil as she tries to be someone she's not and messes up quite a bit in her attempt to be 'the better her.'
The film is very well acted, and amusing at times. Not exactly a cheerful film, and not really a sad-hearted tale. It's an in-betweeny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 2, 2015
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All I can say is wow indeed. First, let me tell you that:

◘ The movie is fun
◘ Great acting from cast, especially Zoe Kazan who I think should be in more films
◘ It was fast-paced, there never was a dull moment.
◘ The chemistry between Zoe and Jake Johnson was really good and they're likable that I'm now having a crush on Jake even with that beard

So yeah, would totally recommend it :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Johnson on July 19, 2014
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Finally, an original plot line! It was refreshing to watch a movie I didn't feel like I had already seen a hundred times before.

Zoe Kazan's performance as both twins was subtle and convincing in this quirky indie flick.
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