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|SORRY, THANKS (director/writer: Dia Sokol; screenwriter: Lauren Veloski; cinematographer: Matthias Grunsby; editor: Jennifer Lilly; music: Team Love; cast: Wiley Wiggins (Max), Kenya Miles (Kira Marks), Andrew Bujalski (Mason), Ia Hernandez (Sara), Donovan Baddley (Simon), Alyssa Campbell (Amy), Mackenzie Keegan (Zach), Jonathon Wallace (Jon the Intern), Ryan Tresser (Ryan); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Lauren Veloski; ; 2009)|
used a little sizzle to counter all its tedium."
by Dennis Schwartz
directorial debut of Dia Sokol, former producer of
mumblecore films, is less than auspicious though it's
somewhat rewarding because of its deadpan wit. As a
mumblecore film it observes a bunch of young adult
geeks in San Francisco, who are aimless in work and
play. The pic builds no tension, lacks drama, the
characters are not particularly likable, it
disappointingly ends slickly with no resolutions to
the pertinent relationship problems presented, and the
screenplay of writers Lauren Veloski
and Sokol could have used a little sizzle to counter
all its tedium.
bumbling, charming slacker Max (Wiley
Wiggins) is a jerky dude, who works in the
office of Senator Walker as a low-level aid. Though
involved in a long-term relationship with the sincere
Sara (Ia Hernandez), a counselor
to mentally disturbed heroin addicts, Max has a
one-night stand with a black copy editor named Kira (Kenya
Miles), who is trying to recover from the
recent breakup with her long-time boyfriend and has
just taken this lower corporate position to avoid
travel. The two become obsessed with each other, but
do not know how to commit to their relationship
without hurting someone else.
The indie film follows the two confused leads through their circle of aimless friends and their dead-end jobs, and keys in how flighty, bored and apathetic they all seem. Though it captures the spirit of these middle-class nerdy hipsters and the way they relate to one another, it all seems not that interesting.
REVIEWED ON 2/9/2013 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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