Buy It Now (2005)



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Inevitably recalling Jean Eustache in his 1977 festival short A Dirty Story, Antonio G. Campos's Buy it Now seizes upon a sensationalistic apocryphal event - that of a 16 year old Manhattanite who opts to sell off her virginity on eBay - and tells it twice, in contrasting narrative modes: pseudo-documentary and dramatized indie feature. The story begins in 2004. Chelsea Magan (Chelsea Logan) is 16 and naïve but not so innocent or guileless; a young woman from a broken home, with a detached, indifferent mother, serious drug addictions and a possible case of anorexia nervosa. One day, she decides to hawk her own chastity on EBay and film the defloration with her mini-DV. All goes according to plan, but Chelsea fails to anticipate the emotional fallout that succeeds her erotic liaison with Peter (Chris McCann); as a consequence, she slits her wrists twice but fails to kill herself. In the second version - a more toned-down, less sensationalistic version of the first - Chelsea and Peter have their initial encounter and Chelsea experiences an emotional crisis upon returning home, at which point her mother insists that she consult her psychoanalyst.


Critic Reviews for Buy It Now

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

It's almost an object lesson on how enlarging a short film can be messed up. What a pity that Antonio Campos could not have found a way to start from scratch and grow and develop his story more satisfyingly.

Jul 20, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Campos establishes a complex nexus of contemporary social and aesthetic concerns with impressive economy and Logan's double performance is strong.

Jul 17, 2007 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…
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There's a certain genius to this two-part feature that forces us to examine our culture in twisted, complicated ways.

Jul 20, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Pussycat Dolls must burn on a flaming heap of celeb mags. It's societies only salvation, seriously.

Jul 20, 2007 | Full Review…

The film at least says something about her troubled adolescent life. It may be significant that Campos's previous film was called Puberty.

Jul 20, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

At just over an hour in length and divided starkly into two halves, Buy It Now is a real oddity.It's raw, real and rather effective as a comment on consumerism and alienation in society.

Jul 20, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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