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Crashing (2007)

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A writer suffering from a creative block stumbles into a situation most middle-aged man would envy in this independent comedy-drama from writer and director Gary Walkow. Richard McMurray (Campbell Scott) is a novelist who enjoyed overnight success with the publication of his first book, The Trouble With Dick . Seven years later, Richard is working on his second novel but hates the story more with each passing day, while his marriage to a well-known actress is falling apart. Richard agrees to speak to the class of Diane (Alex Kingston), his former girlfriend who teaches a college literature course and inspired on of his novel's main characters. Spending the day with Diane is the last straw for Richard's wife, and she kicks him out of the house. During his lecture to the class, Richard comes clean about the sad state of his marriage and the fact he has no place to stay that night, and afterward one of the students, Kristin (Izabella Miko), offers Richard the use of the couch at her apartment. Jacqueline (Lizzy Caplan), Kristin's flatmate, is agreeable to Richard's presence, and offers a deal -- both Kristin and Jacqueline are aspiring writers, and in exchange for tutoring and "literary consultation," he's welcome to stay as long as he pleases. Before long, Richard's consultations with his new charges begin taking place in the bedroom, and Jacqueline informs him that she wants him to help her write a sexy novel that will help her become "the post-modern Jacqueline Suzanne." While Richard enjoys the ongoing ménage et trios at first, it doesn't take long for matters to become difficult and even dangerous. A sequel of sorts to Gary Walkow's first feature (called The Trouble With Dick), Crashing also features David Cross and Stephen Gyllenhaal.
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R (Rated R for language, sexual content and brief drug use)
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Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Alex Kingston
as Diane Freed
Izabella Miko
as Kristin
Lizzy Caplan
as Jacqueline
Campbell Scott
as Richard McMurray
David Cross
as Space Station Man
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Critic Reviews for Crashing

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Insidiously engaging low-budgeter employs a literate sensibility, breezy tone and warm performances.

Full Review… | March 6, 2007
Variety
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...a sporadically watchable yet thoroughly inconsequential piece of work...

Full Review… | June 25, 2010
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½

I went into this one hoping to like it as much as something like Roger Dodger, which also starred Campbell Scott, but what we ultimately get is an okay character study of two roommates who let a writer struggling with writer's block stay with hem in exchange for tutoring and occasional sex, as things turn out. It's an okay watch, but more often than not feels like large chunks of it are just writer's exercises instead of anything happening with our characters. Rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

I skipped through the chapters of this movie. It was slow and ridiculous, but for some reason I wanted to know how it ended. Even the ending was disappointing - what a waste of time.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger
½

Totally up-itself, self indulgence as it pats itself on the back from beginning to end. Decent performances save it from being bad but, alas, not from being boring. Izabella Miko stands out as usual.

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