Kelly & Cal Reviews

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July 17, 2020
If it weren't for Juliette Lewis' strong central performance, there wouldn't be much else here to recommend ... See it for yourself, or don't.
September 5, 2019
It's a generally pleasing independent film that quietly and tenderly renders its central relationship as an examination of those increasingly rare connections we experience with like-minded individuals as life goes on.
March 12, 2019
A film with real distribution, directed by a woman as well as written by one is a rare enough occurrence that I wish I didn't have to point out all that's wrong with Kelly & Cal.
August 22, 2018
So much rings true in the film "Kelly and Cal" that it almost hurts to watch. But the leads, Juliette Lewis and Jonny Weston, bring so much spark to their roles that even when some moments hit too close to home, it's a wonderful film.
June 7, 2016
Kelly & Cal follows well-worn territory and manages to make things feel fresh.
December 3, 2014
This character-driven drama about a friendship between two lost souls has enough tender honesty to overcome some final-act contrivances.
November 5, 2014
A simple, honest, deeply satisfying tale of the complex mixed emotions and desires that make up a woman's life and often exist in secret.
October 3, 2014
Although the subject matter could have been tricky and condescending, screenwriter Amy Lowe and director Jen McGowan tell the story with a great amount of sensitivity and thoughtfulness.
October 2, 2014
The movie turns a little soapy as it tries to locate a satisfying ending, and there are too many self-conscious statements of life's little lessons, yet the passion remains.
October 1, 2014
manages to deal honestly with issues of superficiality and repression among the white-picket-fence set while also allowing for the complexities of human expression and feeling
September 27, 2014
The things that are good about Jen McGowan's debut feature are so very good that it would be altogether too easy to overpraise the film -- and that would do no one any favors.
September 26, 2014
It's difficult to be fully invested in the Big Emotional Developments of the final act.
September 25, 2014
There are complex situations, well-acted characters and a central relationship that feels authentic and mature - and yet it's missing some element to bring it fully into focus.
September 18, 2014
Juliette Lewis and newcomer Jonny Weston bring terrific sensitivity to their roles.
September 12, 2014
A sly satire that's sexy, touching, and funny, if seriously flawed.
September 11, 2014
An offbeat drama with a pervasive sense of unease. Compelling, if slightly inconclusive.
September 5, 2014
Mature story of unlikely friends explores serious topics.
September 5, 2014
This is essentially Juliette Lewis' vehicle - a movie to remind you of how filmmakers have largely left untapped her subtle gifts.
September 5, 2014
The film is mostly proof that changing the gender and details in a premise doesn't do much good if the presentation is conventional in nearly every other way.
September 5, 2014
Nothing too shocking happens, nor does the film end in some completely unpredictable way. It's a modest pleasure.
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