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A writer traveling to promote his unpublished novel enters into a bizarre phone relationship with a mysterious woman in this cellular love story based on Davey Rothbart's autobiographical GQ article of the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
Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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.
PROCEED ONLY IF YOU ALREADY KNOW OR WANT TO KNOW HOW THIS MOVIE ENDS.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brian Geraghty gives a moving, winning performance that makes this whole story work. The supporting cast is equally impressive, but it is Mr. Geraghty who sells this tale. Read morePublished 18 months ago by chromo_man
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... Read more
This unassuming indie really packs a punch. A socially awkward guy starts getting anonymous calls from a mystery woman. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Tim
The movie is good, and the story interesting. It's well acted, and nuanced in a manner that is engaging. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Starfighter77
The twisty plot, supposeldy based on a "true story," seems a little more plausible in light of the Manti-Lennay saga.Published on January 21, 2013 by D. Hall
While far from a perfect film, this is a welcome reminder of why indie film-making is so important to U.S. cinema. Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by K. Gordon
I hate to give a potentially 4 star movie 1 star but I had to. The ending was so horrible that it ruined what I felt for the entire movie. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by nina
(( "Davy" is a Lead character who is experiencing unsettling emotional / behavioral problems. More significantly, he may be one who is yet to discover something extremely... Read morePublished on July 2, 2011 by JUST A REVIEWER2
Even though aspects of the story presented in this first feature by Mr. Alvarez seem somewhat implausible, other elements of the plot feel so sincere and honest that I would say... Read morePublished on August 1, 2010 by Robert Byrd