X's & O's
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Xs & Os is a hip romantic comedy that takes a humorously genuine look at post-college relationships. A circle of friends in San Francisco finds out the hard way that it is not all hugs and kisses in the game of love and that everyone needs a strategy to score. Bookish biologist Simon (Clayne Crawford A Walk to Remember) lusts after Jane (Sarah Wright The House Bunny), a blonde beauty who barely knows he exists. Against the advice of his womanizing best friend, Lorenzo (Warren Christie October Road), Simon decides to make Jane jealous by dating his lab partner, Trese (Judy Marte Raising Victor Vargas). But every part of Simon s plan falls apart, trapping him between the pursuit of a hopeless dream and unexpected, real feelings for someone. Also starring Kel Mitchell (Good Burger, Kenan and Kel), Lynn Chen (Saving Face), Azita Ghanizada (Alphas), Gino Anthony Pesi (Battle: Los Angeles) and Jill Bennett (And Then Came Lola). With Candice Accola (The Vampire Diaries) featuring her hit song The Break Up Song on the Xs & Os soundtrack.
This indie romantic comedy comes with a surprising and welcome darkness. - Jeffrey M. Anderson (Combustible Celluloid)
A rare breed of romantic comedy that actually dares to be funny. - Molly Celaschi (2snaps.tv)
Xs & Os gives a voice to everyone in the twists of love and lusting, making it stand out from others and is an all around fun time and a refreshing change to most one-sided romantic comedies. - Kelsey Zukowski (Film Arcade) Proof that not all romantic comedies have to be air-headed to be funny. - Serena Markstrom (The Register Guard) --xoxothemovie.com
X's & O's review by Molly Celaschi
Simon is a geeky scientist who is not so smart in the Love Dept. He sets his sights much to high and like a typical guy he foolishly lets pretty blonde Jane walk all over him. Enter sweet co-worker Trese and cad roommate Lorenzo and you have a recipe for disaster. Or a really good movie. Let's first start off by saying that this was an indie romantic comedy that will hopefully make its way onto DVD in the near future. There are so many fun characters here. Simon advises Jane to lower her standards when he is ironically chasing in his own Quixote-esque pursuit. So pathetic is he that he even keeps a mirror in his front pocket for Jane to use whenever she desires staring at herself. There is the Chigger, which is a Chinese wigger, who treats his girlfriend like a doormat. Ironically, he changes his bad ways and she isn t quite as interested in him anymore. There is the hot roommate Lorenzo (swoon!) who may actually have a heart of gold. I say they do a male version of Pretty Woman with him in the lead. Take that Julia Roberts! Simon himself looks like a combination of a young Jude Law and Ray Liotta. Alright, there are a couple of hot chicks too. Jane is a gorgeous gal, but her behavior is disgusting. I'm sure there are plenty of guys who will like her despite that. And I really dug Trese's alcoholic closeted lesbian roommate Vivian. Poor girl needs some love. Oh the laughs are aplenty. There is the scene where Simon explains to a kid that it is God s fault that he missed a basketball shot. Lorenzo s ex-girlfriend had left him for a creepy Christian who reminded the hell out of me of Preacher Boy in There Will Be Blood. Simon moans that a woman attached by the head to her twin sister somehow manages to get laid more than he does. And then there is the weird Christian hip hop dance (!?!) by a couple of young ladies. But I laughed the hardest during a poetry slam where a gentleman recited, Paradigms. I drop a Pair of Dimes in a meter. Please tell me I am not the only person that gets that joke (Hint: Paradigms is pronounced like pair uh dimes. )
But what gets better still is that we are given insight into these characters especially when you learn of how Simon and Lorenzo the Lothario become best friends. The added backstory makes you care more about the characters. Writer/ director Kedar Korde even managed to throw in a little bit of Columbine shooting-type mass hysteria in the mix.
This is another one of those rare breed romantic comedies that dares to be...actually funny. I place this in the ranks of Forgetting Sarah Marshall in that it has something to appeal to both men and women. It portrays both genders in a fairly accurate light. And as opposed to the lame rom-coms that focus on one idiotic couple overcoming one simple problem to reach the end goal of living happily ever after, this film showcases an ensemble cast with varying problems. There should be at least one situation the viewer can identify with.
Favorite Quote: Girl after a one-night stand, I can t remember anything. I think you came in my brain.
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The movie is really great, with real belivable love stories, and the actors/actresses are all terrific.
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The story follows several twenty-something couples/friends as they perform the standard trials of dating, mis-communications and balancing work with finding themselves. The lead guy in Clayne Crawford (who has every Ray Liotta facial mannerism down perfect) somewhat carries things but most of the supporting cast is severely stumbling around albeit Warren Christie (a TV movie/series regular) gave a couple of good lines. The picture quality is standard and the Bay shots are grainy at times - but still nice to see. The audio is a standard 5.1 DD but almost too good several times as the outtakes/miscuts left in the film were noticeable (in one scene the car dies but was made to look like it was still driving away - mostly fun flubs though). The filmmakers' only other movie (a short) that is also filmed on BART tops off the extras listed below.
The special features add up to give this 3 star film another bump as the deleted scenes were rightfully cut and the gag reel was enjoyable. Both total less than 30 minutes. R1 coded at 93 minutes. If you can get past some of the overacting and a slightly misplaced ambiguous ending - you will get some enjoyment out of it for the local shots.
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