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Harry and Max (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Despite impressive performances from its leads, Harry and Max is prurient, disturbing, and underdeveloped.

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Following up his critically acclaimed third film, 2001's The Sleepy Time Gal, filmmaker Christopher Munch helmed this dramedy about a pair of brothers who embark on a camping trip together. Harry (Bryce Johnson) is the eldest of the two, a 23-year-old former teen idol who has stopped off for the long-promised expedition while en route to a gig in Japan. Max (Cole Williams) is Harry's 16-year-old younger brother, a burgeoning pop star himself. As the siblings begin spending time together in seclusion, their cordialness erodes and strong feelings begin to come out, exposing old emotions that were never dealt with. Also featuring performances by Michelle Phillips and Rain Phoenix, Harry and Max premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Cast

Kate Ellis
as Brandi
Roni Deitz
as Roxanne
Tom Gilroy
as Josiah
Mark L. Young
as Harry (age 15)
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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

Though Williams and Johnson fit comfortably into the European naturalism that's become Münch's stock in trade, they can't quite wriggle out of his high-concept premise and become plausibly real.

September 26, 2005
AV Club
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Seems like the work of a novice, with self-conscious expository passages and emotionally false conversations.

April 29, 2005 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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To consider Harry and Max as being about incestuous feelings would be shortchanging it, because the film is really about the evolving nature of love and the need to define it.

March 24, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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The movie is a congeries of half-formed ideas about pansexuality and other social taboos, but Munch fails to accomplish what he seemingly sets out to do.

March 24, 2005 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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Provocative without being especially thoughtful or credible.

March 10, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Too superficial to shock or surprise.

February 18, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
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