Denise Calls Up (1996)
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Thanks to the technological marvels of wireless phones, answering machines, the internet, and e-mail, it is no longer necessary actually to see anyone you know, and seven friends have taken this notion to its logical extreme in this comedy. Linda (Aida Turturro) throws a birthday party and to her dismay, none of her friends show up. The next day, while making phone calls with several acquaintances (none of whom ever meet face to face), Linda hears the same excuse from everyone: they were busy
Jun 1, 1996 Wide
Oct 22, 1996
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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A minor but quirkily charming comedy about alientaion, love, and folly that reflects the zeitgeist in terms of AIDS and modern technology.
Salwen has captured and properly identified a very particular modern American species. His emergence as a filmmaker is a true event.
At only 80 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome, but slight though it may be, it knows how to create constant smiles.
It's hard to care about a movie story in which the characters never meet one another or really care about one another.
After a while, besides enjoying the stories as such, we begin to enjoy the film's trickiness, almost all on the phone, as a sort of high-wire act.
Doesn't go much past its gimmick, but it marks Salwen as a talent worth watching.
Who'd have thought a movie about people talking on the phone could be so fun?
The conceit of having everyone talk together almost exclusively by cell phone wears out its welcome by the halfway mark.
The film is never really funny-ha-ha, but it never bores the viewer at all thanks to Hal Salwen's direction.
Even given its inherent limitations, it is interesting, unique, and thought provoking.
Yes, the movie is a bunch of skits, all right. But in the end it sketches the more elaborate portrait of funny people who don't realize how funny they really are.
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