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Easier with Practice

Easier with Practice (2009)

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91

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 3

This promising debut from writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez is anchored by a startlingly honest and tender performance from Brian Geraghty that helps make Easier with Practice more than just another road trip drama.

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

This promising debut from writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez is anchored by a startlingly honest and tender performance from Brian Geraghty that helps make Easier with Practice more than just another road trip drama.

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A writer traveling to promote his unpublished novel enters into a bizarre phone relationship with a mysterious woman in this cellular love story based on Davey Rothbart's autobiographical GQ article of the same name. Davy Mitchell (Brian Geraghty) is a writer who has yet to realize his full potential. In order to raise awareness about his latest manuscript, Davy hits the road with his younger brother Sean (Kel O'Neill) and begins performing readings for small groups across the country. One

Unrated,

Drama, Comedy

Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Apr 6, 2010

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (3) | DVD (2)

There's no doubting Alvarez's promise, as he weaves familiar indie elements into a film that is likeable, insightful and compelling.

December 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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An unexpectedly stirring first feature by Kyle Patrick Alvarez about the challenges of making human connections in the weird and wired 21st century.

March 11, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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Amusingly predicated on the romantic possibilities of phone sex, Easier With Practice pushes past its titillating premise to become a quietly provocative love story about emotionally stunted manhood and the risks some guys will take to connect.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Geraghty relies too heavily on facial expressions and mannerisms, but those who appreciate visible effort may be seduced.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Easier With Practice reveals the sense of loneliness and isolation that permeates modern life and the lure of fantasy in filling its emptiness.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Geraghty's wounded-pup appeal keeps the movie alive even as it heads for a dreary, even-more-implausible-than-the-setup third act. Writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, though, usually finds the right tone and appears to have a promising future.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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...an erratic yet rewarding little indie.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

What could have been a film that exploits a potentially salacious premise for artificially comedic or edgy effect, feels instead like an honest and truthful dissection of the sometimes-strange way modern relationships can work.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Based on a men's mag article, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's debut feature is an honest, funny-sad portrayal of emotional dysfunction.

December 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The film is a slow-burner: a study in loneliness and alienation, whose unexpected ending and ambiguous aftermath require us to reassess all that has gone before.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It is a cool, funny, mischievous movie, with a stand-out, even break-out, performance from Geraghty...

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times | Comment (1)
Financial Times

Kyle Patrick Alvarez's movie stands out as one the year's as-yet-undiscovered gems.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

An engaging and moving tale.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Excellent American indie that tugs hard on the heartstrings.

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

What might sound like the set-up for a particularly bawdy Judd Apatow comedy is actually a deceptively sweet tale of twenty-first century alienation.

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

The genre of road-trip-leading-to-self-discovery now has another masterpiece in its cinematic vault.

April 6, 2010 Full Review Source: JWR

If you give Geraghty some time, and you give Alvarez some time, you can see that they're getting at something by letting it play out.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

Do not have a relationship over the phone unless you know the person at the other end. You never do

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Davy's experience never plays out precisely as you would expect and I, for one, guessed wrong just about every time right up to the poignant, perfectly-acted finale that does provide some closure while opening up a whole new set of life questions.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Easier With Practice is such an assured, solid and just plain good film, it's going to be a tough act to follow.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

For any film, let alone a debut, to address difficult subjects with this much insight, humor, and humanity is almost miraculous.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Endearing and wise with a captivating and emotionally raw, brave and honest performance by Brian Geraghty. It's one of the most refreshing, heartfelt and unforgettable American films of the year.

February 27, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Audience Reviews for Easier with Practice

Interesting counter point to 'Catfish', exploring similar territory about loneliness, identity and our need to connect. Builds in a similar way to the eventual meeting which wrongfooted me and then has the conviction to hold out for a truthful ending.
February 26, 2011
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Superb, slow burning true story told with humanity and poignancy. It's remarkable that would easily could have been an exploitative, overblown thriller is instead a deeply touching, profound and empathetic small scale drama. Acted and written with honesty, this is a largely undiscovered gem of a film.
August 19, 2012
danieljparsons

Super Reviewer

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