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"American Animal" becomes a philosophically strident evening of speechifying local theater (topic: human evolution).
The film equivalent of being cornered at a house party by someone's coked-out friend of a friend until your ride home is ready to bounce.
It is well-acted and features witty repartee. Look for more good things to come from this talent.
[An] hour and a half of pretentious mind games...
It's best to imagine this movie as a study of three good young actors trapped in an indie film project with a yammering weirdo.
It's hard to tell where D'Elia's own psychotic cinephilia ends and the character's begins.
Self-indulgent indie about a trust-fund kid who thinks he's found the answer to the human experience. Whit Stillman it's not.
It may be baked with the same ingredients that come in your standard mumblecore starter kit, but because of Matt D'Elia's indebtedness to other movies, the film follows a different recipe altogether.
D'Elia's debut feature is, I think, a challenge worth taking. Here, it appears, is a real emerging vision, original, gutsy, and uncompromising.
I think American Animal is an exercise in pure creativity, as in creativity in a vacuum with no consequence of narrative.
American Animal deserves to be seen, but more than that, it deserves to launch D'Elia as a filmmaker of note, and I'm curious to see where he goes from here.
The eloquent, thought-provoking dialog flows at a theatrical pace, but it doesn't feel unnatural.
Given that this movie, at its core, about the line between insanity and genius, its fitting that American Animal is both incredibly insane, and yet somehow quite genius.
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