American Animal (2012)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3
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Jimmy is a terminally ill young man. He is also quite eccentric, bordering on plain old crazy, and starting today he has decided that he is 'happy' and no longer sick. Jimmy's roommate James is a healthy, dreamy young man. They're best friends. They live together. They don't do much of anything and they seem very happy that way. But trouble arises when it gets revealed that James will be leaving for a new job in the morning. Jimmy, feeling betrayed, is not pleased by this development. A classic,
May 18, 2012 Limited
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"American Animal" becomes a philosophically strident evening of speechifying local theater (topic: human evolution).
The film equivalent of being cornered at a house party by someone's coked-out friend of a friend until your ride home is ready to bounce.
It is well-acted and features witty repartee. Look for more good things to come from this talent.
While American Animal's finely tuned filmmaking is leagues above the usual Indiewood sloppiness, all the movie-quoting manic episodes feel like empty grandstanding...
Self-indulgent indie about a trust-fund kid who thinks he's found the answer to the human experience. Whit Stillman it's not.
It's best to imagine this movie as a study of three good young actors trapped in an indie film project with a yammering weirdo.
It may be baked with the same ingredients that come in your standard mumblecore starter kit, but because of Matt D'Elia's indebtedness to other movies, the film follows a different recipe altogether.
D'Elia's debut feature is, I think, a challenge worth taking. Here, it appears, is a real emerging vision, original, gutsy, and uncompromising.
I think American Animal is an exercise in pure creativity, as in creativity in a vacuum with no consequence of narrative.
American Animal deserves to be seen, but more than that, it deserves to launch D'Elia as a filmmaker of note, and I'm curious to see where he goes from here.
The eloquent, thought-provoking dialog flows at a theatrical pace, but it doesn't feel unnatural.
It's bizarre in countless ways. It's risk-taking. It's brave. It's the work of a young filmmaker who dares to be different. It'll be interesting to see what he does next.
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