American Animal (2012)



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Jimmy is a terminally ill young man. He is also quite eccentric, bordering on plain old crazy, and starting today he has decided that he is 'happy' and no longer sick. Jimmy's roommate James is a healthy, dreamy young man. They're best friends. They live together. They don't do much of anything and they seem very happy that way. But trouble arises when it gets revealed that James will be leaving for a new job in the morning. Jimmy, feeling betrayed, is not pleased by this development. A classic, humorous battle of wills ensues as James prepares for the real world and Jimmy falls deeper and deeper into his world of illness, isolation, madness and make-believe. -- (C) Official Site
Comedy , Drama
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Matt D'Elia
as Jimmy
Mircea Monroe
as Blonde Angela
Angela Sarafyan
as Not Blonde Angela
as Billie

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

"American Animal" becomes a philosophically strident evening of speechifying local theater (topic: human evolution).

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | May 18, 2012
Top Critic

It is well-acted and features witty repartee. Look for more good things to come from this talent.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
New York Post
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[An] hour and a half of pretentious mind games...

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | May 16, 2012
AV Club
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It's hard to tell where D'Elia's own psychotic cinephilia ends and the character's begins.

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for American Animal

A very creative film with tons of cool shots and lines. Well written and acted. D'Elia has a bright future ahead of him.

Nick Spears
Nick Spears

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.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

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Smart, brilliant, amazingly dark! We all need to move to the beat of our own drum and this movie shows the underbelly of the dark side of life and the light side of death. Evolution is found deevolution.

Robert Wright
Robert Wright

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