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A lonely internet gambler in New York City becomes obsessed with a seductive webcam model from San Francisco. He soon embarks on a quest to see if their emotional connection is real -- or if he's just being taken for a ride.

Cast & Crew

Heather Allison
Michelle Chu
Ben Hozie
Director
Ben Hozie
Screenwriter
Ben Hozie
Cinematographer
Ben Hozie
Film Editor
Austin Brown
Original Music
Kit Sheridan
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  • It's a film with a slackerish mumblecore vibe, and Hozie is refreshingly grown up about sex. But it's hard to see how his film adds much to the conversation about intimacy in the internet age.

    February 11, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "PVT Chat" is at its best when it delves into the intensity of digital relationships and the ways our minds can trick us into believing the deepness of a connection formed over a computer screen.

    February 11, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • The movie ends up feeling like an older vintage of New York story, the kind of pre-gentrification indie you expect a youthful Jim Jarmusch to wander through.

    February 10, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There are flashes of interest, and even some welcome screwball elements, but PVT Chat doesn't coalesce in a meaningful way.

    February 5, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Ben Hozie's wry, observational film positions a young man's repressed sexual paranoia as a reflection of a more general social malaise.

    January 31, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There's a ragged, on-the-hoof quality to the storytelling, and to the scrappy handheld camerawork, which evokes the hand-to-mouth high and lows of Jack's daily life.

    August 24, 2020 | Full Review…

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