Denise Calls Up (1996)



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Thanks to the technological marvels of wireless phones, answering machines, the internet, and e-mail, it is no longer necessary actually to see anyone you know, and seven friends have taken this notion to its logical extreme in this comedy. Linda (Aida Turturro) throws a birthday party and to her dismay, none of her friends show up. The next day, while making phone calls with several acquaintances (none of whom ever meet face to face), Linda hears the same excuse from everyone: they were busy … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations)
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: Hal Salwen
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On DVD: Oct 22, 1996
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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A minor but quirkily charming comedy about alientaion, love, and folly that reflects the zeitgeist in terms of AIDS and modern technology.

Full Review… | June 19, 2006
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Salwen has captured and properly identified a very particular modern American species. His emergence as a filmmaker is a true event.

October 16, 2002
Washington Post
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At only 80 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome, but slight though it may be, it knows how to create constant smiles.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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It's hard to care about a movie story in which the characters never meet one another or really care about one another.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Might have been more effective if the writer/director had taken the time to create characters imbued with more than token traces of humanity.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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After a while, besides enjoying the stories as such, we begin to enjoy the film's trickiness, almost all on the phone, as a sort of high-wire act.

January 1, 2000
The New Republic
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