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The Business of Fancydancing

The Business of Fancydancing (2002)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

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Shot on digital video and taking its title from his 1992 book of poetry, Sherman Alexie's The Business of Fancydancing is a portrait of the conflicted relationship between two Native American men. Aristotle Joseph (Gene Tagaban) and Seymour Polatkin (Evan Adams) had long been best friends by the time they left their Spokane reservation to attend college in Seattle. But while Seymour flourished in Seattle as a gay writer, Aristotle endured nothing but bad luck that led to growing resentment, both


Drama, Gay & Lesbian

Sherman Alexie

Jul 8, 2003

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Feels a bit like a racy after-school special.

November 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Where it goes wrong is in the combination of poetic sensibilities and run-of-the-mill narrative cinema.

October 25, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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It bristles with a passion and intelligence too intense to allow the film's style to seem pretentious.

October 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Alexie's relatively novel take on the quintessentially American story of being stranded between cultures is compelling.

October 24, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Pretentious when it should be penetrating, spasmodic when it means to be lyrical.

October 18, 2002
New York Post
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An often affecting, low-budget melodrama that is occasionally sabotaged by its economy of means.

October 17, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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...laudable, if occasionally muddled and overlong...

October 9, 2003 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

This film makes it abundantly clear what happens to those who leave whatever culture they are part of, whether it be an ethnic group, a sexual group or an educational sphere.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

An admirable DIY production, but [one] whose stylistic overreaches and poor execution drown out its aims and substance. Also, it's just pretty damn boring at times.

October 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

This string of fragmented scenes often feels trite and polemical.

October 18, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It won't be the smoothest ride you'll ever take on the cinematic reservation, but those who have traveled the washboards will understand that this film is the 'real deal.'

October 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

A blazing performance by Evan Adams.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Planet Sick-Boy
Planet Sick-Boy

Parts are nice, but it lacks an overall cohesiveness. The Interviewer segments don't work on any level.

September 13, 2002 Full Review Source:

Contains many haunting moments and some striking shards of dialogue, but overall it's an uneven, often pretentious effort.

September 12, 2002 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

A highly personal meditation on the choices we make that define our identity.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

Sparks with occasional flashes of wit and pathos, but it is mostly a well-intentioned mess.

August 30, 2002

Fancydancing has a totally open heart and showcases a bravura centerpiece performance by Evan Adams that won me over completely.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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A captivating film!
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