The Pretty One (2014)
Written and directed by Jenée LaMarque, THE PRETTY ONE is a coming of age comedy about identity and loss and a wallflower who finally learns how to break out of her shell. In a balancing act of a performance, Zoe Kazan portrays twins Laurel and Audrey, most poignantly as a relationship blooms with her new neighbor (Jake Johnson). As Laurel begins to slip into the life she has always wanted but never thought was possible, she must decide between continuing her life as Audrey and revealing herself as the perfect fraud. (c) DADA Films … More
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Critic Reviews for The Pretty One
The film is trite on the surface, but through some complex plotting, writer-director Jenée LaMarque slyly incorporates foreboding themes of guilt and delusion that push the farcical elements to the brink.
The whole movie has a damp, logy texture. It could have used a rewrite or a re-edit just to dry it out.
What would "The Pretty One" be without Zoe Kazan's pixieish melancholy and offbeat comic timing? Not much.
It would take a lot of charm for "The Pretty One" to overcome that creepy premise, but the movie doesn't have it.
"The Pretty One" is a movie with a few touching moments and others that prompt eye rolls.
Zoe Kazan breathes fresh, exciting life into a tried-and-true high concept, playing opposite herself as twentysomething identical twins in "The Pretty One."
[The script] takes a concept that sounds ludicrous on paper and handles it in an unexpectedly sincere, clever manner.
The film has plenty of charm, but not enough to overcome a heaping dose of clichéd whimsy.
Like its lead character, The Pretty One is a little unstable even as its charms are irresistible.
Given its morbid, somewhat clichéd premise, I was pleasantly surprised by "The Pretty One." While no classic, it is both refreshingly quirky and more sensitive than expected.
The premise of "The Pretty One" may be far-fetched, but it's carried out with sincerity and the results are amusing, ironic, and thoughtful. Here's a small-scale movie that offers a gleam of satisfaction.
The Pretty One has a more gruesome premise than most body-switching comedies, but also more heart, mostly due to Zoe Kazan's expressive, vulnerable performance.
As anyone who saw her at full glow in Ruby Sparks might guess, Zoe Kazan is enough to make the movie worth seeing.
Zoe Kazan does an excellent job portraying two separate characters, but The Pretty One is never able to overcome its weak first half which is overloaded with weak story points, lame dialogue, and poorly developed characters.
Far too blithe and cheery, yet nowhere near madcap and comic enough, for its potentially powerful switched-twins conceit...
"The Pretty One" suffers from excessive, unfocused quirk and a predictable sitcom resolution.
The Pretty One is too lightweight to justify such a disturbing act of reinvention.
Audience Reviews for The Pretty One
Zoe Kazan is a very whimsical, sweet looking little creature, and she carries a lot of this movie on her back. Playing identical twins Audrey and Laurel, she navigates death, heartbreak, and feelings of inadequacy and loss with aplomb. The problem with this film is that Laurel is a weird character, and not the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" weirdness of a quirky character, but the delusion of someone who has mental issues. Laurel takes over her sister's life after she dies, and then acts strange around all her sister's friends and acquaintances, and basically everyone she meets. She's mousy, lonely, and often says odd things to her tenant, played by Jake Johnson. Their relationship is probably where most of the charm is supposed to originate in the script, but they both come off as delusional, somewhat out of touch people. If this film wasn't so bogged down in Laurel, and let Audrey's life shine through a little more, there would have been a bigger, broader message than the one we get from this film.More
I thought the premise of this film was great and was anxious to watch it after I saw the trailer. After watching it, I can concede that Kazan and Johnson have great chemistry but that's not enough to save this weirdly plotted comedy. By the end it feels clichéd and silly.More
'The Pretty One'. An interesting emotional premise, a good Zoe Kazan. The dark humour alleviated well enough, but for such an emotionally rich story, no way near enough was mined.More
"They told her to get a life. They didn't say whose." - tagline for Supergirl comic book in the 90's.
In "The Pretty One," Laurel(Zoe Kazan) begins her birthday by losing her virginity to Hunter(Sterling Beaumon) who she used to babysit for. Otherwise, it is business as usual as she takes care of her widowed painter father(John Carroll Lynch) before her twin sister Ashley(Zoe Kazan) shows up for the celebration. Disapproving of her sister's lack of a life, Ashley invites Laurel back with her to the big city. And all goes as planned until tragedy strikes and a sister is killed in a car accident. With everybody thinking it is Laurel who has died when instead it is Ashley, Laurel sees her chance and takes over her sister's identity and moves to the city...
While "The Pretty One" has some surprises in store for Laurel as to the truth of Ashley's life, the movie also has some good thoughts along the same line of how you cannot truly know somebody until you have walked a mile in their high heels.(Just ask quantum physicist Sam Beckett if you do not believe me.) Otherwise, the movie can be just as awkward as its heroine in expressing those ideas. So, it is a good thing that Zoe Kazan is excellent in dual roles, even if she is a little outside of her comfort zone. Plus, the movie also has Jake Johnson's easy going charm going for it.
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