Gabi on the Roof in July (2011)

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A portrait of young New York and the misguided hopefuls who can't afford to live there but do anyway, Gabi on the Roof in July is an ensemble comedy about ex-girlfriends, sibling rivalry and whipped cream in a city that's constantly in flux. Gabi, a rambunctious Oberlin undergrad, heads to New York City to spend the summer with her older brother, Sam, seeking solidarity in the wake of her parents' divorce. When she gets there, she finds Sam too busy juggling women and too irked by her provocative antics and almost constant nudity to give her the guidance she needs. In an effort to get Sam's attention, Gabi seduces his free-loving, freeloading college buddy, only to find she's in over her head. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Gabi on the Roof in July

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

The oscillation between focus on Sam and Gabi creates an uneven progression, although the contrast wisely displays the relativistic nature of age.

Jan 24, 2011 | Rating: B
indieWire
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Lawrence Levine should earn some attention with this agreeable indie comedy.

Jan 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Wisely observant of human nature as it bounces between the leads, Gabi evokes Woody Allen with a more generous heart (and a lot more casual nudity).

Jan 24, 2011 | Full Review…

The shock of recognition dissipates, to be replaced by the glance at the wristwatch.

Jan 20, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I know that people like this exist, but, in terms of characters on the screen, I'm never shown why they need to.

Jan 18, 2011 | Full Review…

Remarkably, the film gradually, effectively coheres, building to a climax at once unexpected yet integral to what has transpired before.

Jan 18, 2011 | Full Review…
Variety
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Audience Reviews for Gabi on the Roof in July

Funny and affecting portrait of a group of friends adrift in NYC, whose summer is disrupted by a one of their wild younger sisters. Takes a pretty typical indie/mumblecore theme and turns it into something surprisingly perceptive and humane.

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