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Mr. Roosevelt (2017)



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In her feature directorial debut, Noël Wells portrays Emily, a talented but hard-to-classify comedic performer who left behind her home and boyfriend to pursue career opportunities in L.A. When a loved one falls ill, Emily rushes back to Austin where she's forced to stay with her ex-boyfriend (Nick Thune) and his new-and-improved girlfriend (Britt Lower), a totally together woman with a five-year plan. Though Emily is the same, everything else is different: her house has been smartly redecorated, her rocker boyfriend is training to be a real estate agent, and her old haunts show serious signs of gentrification. Holed up in her own guest room, Emily--who has no idea what she'll be doing five days from now, let alone five years-- is forced to question everyone's values: are they sell-outs or have they just figured out what makes them happy? And is she following her dreams or is she just a self-absorbed loser?


Noël Wells
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The premise of Mr. Roosevelt is pretty slight, but it's filled with funny performances and biting snippets of social commentary.

November 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Wells doesn't just focus on her laugh-out-loud funny performance or insightful script: she displays a real eye for the cinematic with shot-on-film visuals that elevate her movie and lavish attention on its Texas setting.

November 16, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a reminder that the 21st century is going to be full of coming-of-age films about 30-year-olds, and it's compelling evidence that that might be alright.

November 15, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Modest but funny, it makes a fine calling card for a performer deserving of bigger things.

October 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Nothing here, from the premise to the plotting to the basic tone, is particularly novel, but the entire affair has a distinctive personality.

March 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Observant about the comedy/social media culture but transitions to irreverent, whimsical, existential insights.

November 17, 2017 | Full Review…

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