I totally forgot about that filmed until 15 minutes into the filmed. When that snapped back into my head, I remember the TV spots. I didn't know he directed a film. Laura gave it to her as a birthday present along with the soundtrack of the film. Hoffman's film is a nice one. It's sweet, tender but can be aggressive. It's like a person who can snap when they hold all their emotions together. The dinner scene with all the major characters is a perfect example. I was impressed by the film in terms of acting, writing direction and cinematography. Apparently, it's an adaption from the stage-play. I can see that. It makes sense. The key scenes do they place at enclosed areas. Mostly houses. What I loved about the film are the montages and acting. The cinematography comes in full effect in those montages. They look amazing. Ethereal. I like how Hoffman intertwined reality and fantasy within the frame. It's pretty creative. Hoffman understands the frame. He understands the characters and their struggles. Hell, he's an actor and stars in the film. He has a great understanding of the story. The characters deal with the closeness of their friends and loved ones. There's alienation. There's unity in an awkward sense. Some couples match through their awkwardness. You might see that they don't match, but it's their vulnerability that gives it away. The more open you are, the more you're viable for a genuine connection wit another human being. The married couple is a mess that imploded. They're not open unless they are induced with drugs. I wish the film was a bit longer. It's too short for a drama. Even though it's hard to adapt stage-plays. I know that there's a lot to the characters. Exploration is needed. I felt there was some things that needed to have happened. Not a bad film at all. The things that I look for when I watch a film were mostly there. It's a sensitive film. I was amazed on his acting. His character is this timid fella who listens to his favorite song whenever bad shit happens. He keeps to himself but is very open for anything. He is smart but allows help from his friends. He's also pretty nice. He thinks of others. He's a guy you would love to have as a friend. I hope Hoffman's next film is as good as this one or even better. I'm sure he's gonna push for the latter. He has the skill and the crew for it. That is, if he works with the same cinematographer.