Adult Life Skills

2016

Adult Life Skills (2016)

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Anna is stuck: she's approaching 30 and having an early-mid life crisis - one that's seen her regressing to a teenager, living like a hermit in her mum's garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever bothered. She spends her days making videos using her thumbs as actors - thumbs that bicker about things like whether Yogi Bear is a moral or existential nihilist. But Anna doesn't show these videos to anyone and no one knows what they are for. A week before her birthday her Mum serves her an ultimatum - she needs to move out of the shed, get a haircut that doesn't put her gender in question and stop dressing like a homeless teenager. Naturally, Anna tells her Mum to BACK THE F-OFF.However, when her school friend comes to visit, Anna's self-imposed isolation becomes impossible to maintain. Soon she is entangled with a troubled eight year old boy obsessed with Westerns, and the local estate agent whose awkward interpersonal skills continually undermine his attempts to seduce her.

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3)

Whittaker is real and likeable, and there are some very funny lines.

Jun 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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I can't imagine a person experienced with offbeat English-language films of the last ten years not seeing much that's familiar in Adult Life Skills, but it's a lovely movie with some very good performances and it makes some very good choices.

Jun 14, 2016 | Full Review…
NPR
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A cheesy rehash of numerous stunted-adolescent dramedies.

Apr 22, 2016 | Full Review…
Variety
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Funny and touching dramedy about arrested development and struggling with loss.

Nov 1, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Surrounded by a solid supporting cast and making the most of a few memorable lines, Whittaker's skills help lift what would otherwise be just a solid, unspectacular drama.

Jun 8, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Knock a star off if you're feeling cynical, but otherwise surrender to this fun, funny, spirited debut.

Jan 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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