Critic Consensus: Andrew Bujalski's third effort will test the patience of some filmgoers, but it represents a warm, funny, and honest introduction to the mumblecore movement.
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as Lila (lawyer)
as Jason (study buddy)
as Holly (office woman)
as Naomi (office mom)
as Wynonna (office daughter)
as Annemarie (customer)
as Tony (young boy)
as Maryann (customer)
as Ralph (parking lot man)
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Critic Reviews for Beeswax
It is typical of Bujalski's finely wrought observation of their lives that the film ends, as it began, with a moment in which Lauren is poised, indecisively, on the cusp of a decision.
Ultimately a dull story about dull thirtysomethings whose dull issues are conveyed in a prying, cinema verité style, implying drama and meaning in the mundane details of their dull lives.
More than ever, Bujalski comes across like the natural heir to someone like Eric Rohmer, an artist who creates intricate, perceptive and artful cinema that rejects unnecessary style and contrivance.
It's rambling, doesn't really go anywhere, and is not necessarily about anything beyond its own sense of place. But it's mildly diverting nonetheless. It's about mood, not plot.
Beeswax reminds viewers that in talkative films much can go unspoken. For writer-director Andrew Bujalski these betwixt-between, hem-haw spaces are the places to be.
Audience Reviews for Beeswax
Wow this was hard viewing. Rarely have I sat through such a dull film, and this had potential, that's the worst bit. I am not someone who enjoys blockbusters and explosions, so no one can claim I don't get "slice of life" films, generally speaking, I do. But this is so tediously dull and nothing happens. There is no point at all to this story. The cast do well with what they have, and I liked the setting at the vintage clothing shop. If they had have given this an actual plot, I think I would have really liked this film. As it is, I feel like I just sat through a really boring day at work listening to other people talk crap. I would really like my 2 hours back.
God this was boring. This is labelled as a comedy is it? Could have fooled me. I heard it was used as a placedo for sleeping pills.
Will the monotony ever cease?! Unrelentingly dull and painfully realistic: Beeswax is only for those who enjoy unenjoyable movies. 42/100
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