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Supporting Characters

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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

Review

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

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BD5GGFO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 26, 2013
Format: DVD
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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Supporting Characters is entertaining enough and it does remind me of Woody Allen films (though minus the charm). It is the type of film that many people will love and others will hate. Supporting Characters is not really plot-driven nor is it episodic but somewhere in-between and at the end it fades out. Characters themselves have a smugness that will irritate some viewers though I find it tolerable (it is how people are). The main strength is wittiness/cleverness of the dialogue. It's uneven but the positives outweighs the negatives and overall the film works for me.
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One of the many movies out these days that attempts to capture the modern relationship of late twentie-somethings and how their conflicts are both significant and complex. What sets this movie apart from others in its genre is the fact that it does capture the theme perfectly. Caught in the middle of a movie project, the film follows an editor settles for a woman who is better professionally, but lacks his passion for wonder and imagination. As he twists and turns through each step of the editing process, challenges of the female persuasion and temptation in itself tends to continue. All the while, a comedic tone glazes his circumstance as the assistant editor is constantly led on by a crazy girlfriend. This movie asks the question, "what is behind the doors of opportunity not taken?"
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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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