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Two perfectly good young actors -- Craig Roberts and Charlotte Ritchie -- die a thousand comedy deaths as an up-and-coming folk duo on tour.
What day did the Lord create Benny & Jolene, and couldn't he have rested on that day too?
While the on-off romance between the central duo is kinda cute, they never for one minute convince as a band - a fatal flaw.
Randomly structured and seemingly semi-improvised, it makes laborious viewing.
This just goes to prove that it's easy to ape the improvisational style of the Duplass brothers or Shane Meadows, but pulling it off requires storytelling rigour, comic timing and more originality than what's on display here.
The whole thing's as flimsy as wet balsa wood.
A shoestring budget is no excuse for the overall slackness of this winsome and irritating music industry romcom.
An interesting take on becoming a folk star.
Ultimately a frustrating experience, let down by an over-reliance on improvisation, an irritating story structure, poor direction and a baffling lack of actual singing.
Even as a hipster rom-com it's too reliant on rambling improv and superfluous quirks to sustain its sporadic laughs.
Even the charm of its two likeable leads can't sustain this flimsy road movie.
Benny & Jolene almost entirely succeeds on the shoulders of Craig Roberts and Charlotte Ritchie, as they have genuine chemistry which saves the film's bacon.
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