Mary Poppins Returns
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Smart without being smart-alecky, Mr. Rosen's writing avoids the aggressive cleverness and gummy politics of many similarly themed movies, focusing instead on realistic dialogue and low-key interaction.
The title is the cleverest thing about this minor indie portrait of sexual confusion.
A low-key comedy high on charm and credible twentysomething observation.
Being straight is hard to do in this brief, ponderous mumblecore flick.
The psychologically flat script isn't nearly up to the task of depicting the pleasure within confusion/despair (or vice versa); neither are Rosen's acting chops.
Mildly engaging with an initially intriguing premise and brief moments of wittiness, but ultimately falls flat as a drama. Its bland protagonist, along with a lazy, unimaginative screenplay, leaves you feeling unmoved and underwhelmed.
The director's inexperience shows at times...but his writing and acting are fine. Indeed, everyone in the cast is quite good.
Structured like a comedy, but outfitted with only the most tedious sexual-identity riffs, generic characterizations, and no singular point of view.
With surprisingly good acting and a smart script, The Art of Being Straight takes a nuanced approach to young adults' struggles with sexuality issues. The film failed to significantly grapple with issues of how the other people in the characters' lives might react and the impact of that reaction, which is unfortunate because it leaves the film feeling incomplete. Nevertheless, the film is funny, intelligent and well worth watching.
This starts off well enough but quickly devolves into meaningless scattered scenes until it abruptly ends in a sort of non ending.
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