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3rd Street Blackout (2016)

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3RD STREET BLACKOUT is an ultra-modern romantic comedy set against the black-drop of the post-Sandy power outage that plunged most of lower Manhattan into darkness. Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf play Mina and Rudy, an incredibly tech-savvy couple (she is a neuroscientist and TED-talker, and he is an app developer) who have recently begun living together in a Third Street tenement walk-up. Since they do absolutely everything on computers and a host of other digital devices, their biggest issue is whose Netflix queue will take precedence over the other's. Then, when Hurricane Sandy hits, they are shocked to discover that they can no longer use their prior--and primary--modes of communication. When they have a spat, and Rudy decamps to Brooklyn, they are each forced to resort to new (meaning old) ways of connecting to people and, with the help of friends, neighbors, and assorted East Village denizens, they try to make their way back to one another.

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Cast

Janeane Garofalo
as June Sherman
John Hodgman
as Gary Voonerjab
Devin Ratray
as Adam Daddario
Ed Weeks
as Nathan Blonket
Phyllis Somerville
as Susan Sussman
Henry Zebrowski
as Blaine Wasserman
Carlos Jordan
as Ari Wiser
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Critic Reviews for 3rd Street Blackout

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

While the performers are appealing, 3rd Street Blackout is a too determinedly quirky affair to fully mine the comic potential of its clever premise. Much like its setting, the film could have used more energy.

June 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Much of the humor depends on Redleaf and Farsad coaxing relatable, Apatow-ian comedy out of their relationship; unfortunately, they're so bland that there's little to relate to.

April 27, 2016 | Full Review…

3rd Street Blackout has a genuine and relatable feel to it. If you like a feel-good love story based in the modern age, you'll enjoy this film.

January 9, 2017 | Full Review…

If this is what happens when the modern world disconnects, perhaps we should all go off grid.

July 7, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

There's enough warm fuzziness to light up the East Coast, but the sentiment drags down the comedic timing of Farsad's snappiest jokes.

June 9, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Farsad and Redleaf have superb romantic and comedic chemistry, but it's wasted on such a misguided, unpleasant film.

May 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

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