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Some of "Chlorine's" scenes go for a pat lifestyle satire that can be diverting enough but feels secondhand. Elsewhere it makes wobbly overtures toward unearned dramatic poignancy ...
Mired in the blahs, the blues and the midlife crazies, this poor man's "American Beauty" slowly sucks your will to live.
It's not a good movie, and yet there are persistent good bits.
Unfortunately, better movies have already been made about the subject, from the underrated film The Joneses to the current Wolf of Wall Street.
A flat, undercooked suburban comedy. Or is it a drama? Or maybe a kind of satire? Regardless, it's short on style, substance or any clear raison d'être.
Jay Alaimo's tiresome dramatic comedy often seems as if it were assembled using the cut-up technique favored by Burroughs and his beat contemporaries, in which clichés are thrown together and arbitrarily rearranged.
The admirable wit that's on display when it comes to subtle motifs and the poignant conclusion that resonates if you let it, regardless of how predictable or not it may seem, are all things that add up to a satisfactory feeling.
An apt alternate title for this lightweight comedy/drama might be A Woodchuck in the Suburbs - for, like the slightly more serious The Wolf of Wall Street, it shows that no matter where they are, greed makes people do crazy things.
The film is about how adults can sometimes act like children, and the unforeseen consequences that result. We know, because [Kyra] Sedgwick says it out loud in the third act.
Derivative and unresponsive, Chlorine tanks every idea it submits, incapable of achieving the pathos it sets out for itself, lost to filmmaking limitation and thematic inertia.
Chlorine is lacking in just about everything: wit, dramatic momentum, cohesion, etc. A wildly underdeveloped film.
Every time Jay Lifton's self-consciously quirky music kicks in, it undermines everything else. It sounds more like Lifton is making fun of indie comedies rather than participating in one.
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