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SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary featuring the Cast and Crew
Making of Easier With Practice Featurette
Slating Easier With Practice Featurette
14 Video Diaries from the Set of the Film
Original Theatrical Trailer

SYNOPSIS
A writer traveling to promote his unpublished novel enters into a bizarre phone relationship with a mysterious woman in this cellular love story based on Davey Rothbart's autobiographical GQ article of the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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Product Details

  • 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:
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    Not Rated
  • 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: #103,265 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Easier with Practice" on IMDb

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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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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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It's impossible to write a meaningful review of this movie without revealing the surprise ending. Anybody who leaves out the last 20 minutes is giving an unbalanced review that will leave many viewers feeling angry and betrayed if they see the movie based on that review. This is one of the three huge flaws in the movie, which I will elaborate below.

SPOILER ALERT:
PROCEED ONLY IF YOU ALREADY KNOW OR WANT TO KNOW HOW THIS MOVIE ENDS.

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That's its first big flaw. This movie forces a conscientious reviewer to reveal the ending because it presents itself dishonestly as a gently romantic and sensitive character study when it's really a thriller. The ending betrays a viewer who has fallen under its sensitive, romantic spell with a shocking twist at the end. That is certainly a novel approach in movie-making, but it's also mean-spirited - almost as bad as secretly rewriting Winnie-the-Pooh so that it ends with Christopher Robin being gang-raped, but not warning parents before they read the book to their children.

This is as good a place as any to deal with the often-repeated excuse "But it's a true story!", because that's a lie. Even if the Davy Rothbart story the movie is based on is completely true (and there's good reason to doubt that), this movie distorts his story. (You can still read it on the GQ website, as I did; it's a badly-written and annoying story, by the way - hardly worth making into a movie.)

In the story, Davy had already suspected that "Nicole" might be a man, but he was having fun so he kept playing the phone-sex game. He was savvy and worldly, not at all the totally clueless, paralyzingly shy man the Davy in the movie is.
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It's a rare thing indeed for a truly unique story to get the funding to be made into a movie. Sure you can get your recycled ideas in 3D filled with big name celebrities retreading the same water that has been run through a million times before, but what's the point? There's a reason Easier With Practice exists and that is to show the world and movie going public that there is still some humanity left out there. It's not on some distant planet, but here, on the other end of a telephone.

See what independent film fans and festival goers are already discovering. A movie with a true heart, a unique story, and is made by people that LOVE cinema, Easier With Practice.
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