Marnie drifts through life in search of romance and employment. The film paints a deft portrait of recent college graduates. The film's apparent scruffiness is a bit deceptive, as the film has both a subtle, delicate shape and a point.
This is the real thing. A genuine indie-flick without the pretentiousness or quirkiness or "big-issue" feel that has pigeonholed the "Sundance" style film. This is just a remarkably fresh and engaging story about a young woman figuring herself out; a film that plays with the ambiguities that comes from an age/culture that doesn't want to judge anybody or anything but where individuals can still be hurt by the actions of others. The dialogue is as perfect and genuine and real and awkward as anything I've seen on film (or in life, in people of this age). I knew people like the characters here in college and grad school, and the story kept me involved and caring about them. I agree with other reviewers that this film is easily as important and interesting as other major indie debuts like Stranger than Paradise, Slackers, Clerks, and Sex Lies and Videotape. Here's hoping that as Andrew Bujalski (and his stellar cast) finds the much-deserved acclaim from this film he doesn't lose the honesty and edge of this simple, low budget masterpiece.
Check out rave reviews in every major daily in cities where the film played LA, NY, Austin, SF, Boston. This on top of good notices in Entertainment Weekly, Variety and an Independent Spirit Award to boot.
The film basically a different kind of horror movie for adults-where the threat of death or physical harm isn't a problem, but where trying to finish a sentence, say what's on your mind(or even know what's on your mind)produce moments of great terror and comedy at the same time. This is the kind of film that in the only recently marginalized world of indie cinema would share in the same accolades given Stranger Than Paradise, Slacker
If this is where western culture and education have brought us, then please bring an end to both.
This movie is an ode to all those unguided, self-conscious, undecided, sheltered, boring, socially-awkward, middle-class, college-educated, underemployed, conceited, and mundane white people you may, or hopefully do not, know. This is possibly the whitest movie I've ever seen, and most definitely the most pathetic.
The good reviews from this movie are definitely from people who value art/film school as the best life-choice, like all things vintage, worship the Starbucks goddess(or hate its corporate status, except for that one time you had to work there to make ends meet), think all cultures should be accepted but unabashedly loathe and fear all things different, think mutton chops are cool, wear fedoras, and, in sum, are just those well-to-do hipster white people you love to make fun of, and hate.
Hate and make fun of, mind you, not watch an hour and change in their boring pathetic lives. The dialogue is painful, the characters are pubescent, at best, and everything is just so... bleh. I watched about half an hour of this movie hoping a black person would come in, slap the s*** out of these pathetic people and mug them. It would definitely add one real interesting person into the story I could care about and connect with on an emotional level, not to mention some color. (Did I mention hypocritical, middle-class, pathetic, conceited, white people?)
Let me say it again, this movie is all about pathetic 20 something middle-class white people who have nothing to do with their lives except film it, and even with the power of editing it sucks... this is not a movie you want to see.
I expect to be "no to helpfulness" by a group of fanboys and fangirls who check their reddits all day, tweet, instagram, and follow pitchfork.com on their iPhone 5s. (but isn't it so terrible how those Chinese factory workers are treated)
For those who actually like this movie here's a tip: get a life you pitiful tool, your 30s will be gone before you know it and you best start saving up for that mid-life crisis when you realize how little you have accomplished, but maybe you can't even do that with that crushing student and/or credit card debt still haunting you... Funny ha ha.
If you like movies that make you want to stab its actors in the eardrums so they'll be forced to communicate solely through Facebook chat, because it's all they're fit to do, you might enjoy this movie like I did.
Marnie's an interesting character. Her ubernerd friend Mitchell says "she's an amazing person," and it's true. She's nice, funny, unassuming, and fun. So why does she have trouble finding a guy? I've narrowed it down to two reasons: 1. Every guy in her social circle is either a fooshbag or a social fooshtard, and most are both. 2. She is a social fooshtard. When she talks to crush Alex about their relationship, she closes off like a scared valve, and is unable to emit a single mote of feeling.
Speaking of - Alex is an interesting character. He's also a fooshbag. Marnie likes Alex because he's one of the few humans she knows who can hold up his end of a conversation. Despite this, Alex can be dismissive, marginally mean, and generally handles his relationship with Marnie like a poophead.
This movie is about really awkward people who suck at getting what they want and expressing themselves. I don't buy the idea that these people are everymen; though we've all had awkward moments, I couldn't relate to the level of awkwardness here at all. In fact, if I had to live through the level of awkwardness and anxiety present in this movie, I would definitely shoot myself in the eardrum. But here's a whole community of these people. How do they do it??
This could have easily been too grating to watch, but Bujalewski did a really good job of 'making it real', and communicating the desperate importance of its unfolding events for its characters. As Marnie found out about her crush's breakup, got a new job, drank at parties and interacted with people, I was completely absorbed in all of it.
I think I rate movies by their power of engagement. As I get old I find it harder to be engaged in movies. This movie was very engaging.