Straight Up Reviews

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January 14, 2021
Romantically subversive in ways that feel true to the current moment, Straight Up may well become an era-defining classic.
September 2, 2020
Confusing finale aside, Straight Up is funny and touching, often in the same scene. Sweeney deserves to be commended for creating an admirable and entertaining feature-length debut.
July 7, 2020
Challenges both viewers and its characters to feel, think and listen at the same time, something that's easier said than done in reality and a rarity on screen.
June 30, 2020
The quippiest, most quotable romantic comedy of the year.
May 27, 2020
A relevant and resonant rom-com.
May 26, 2020
Straight Up serves up identity politics in a surprising way, bringing fresh thinking to often tired genre tropes. It's a rom-com for people who think they've seen it all.
May 6, 2020
[W]atching these two smart people outsmart themselves and each other has its modest yet real pleasures, not to mention an undercurrent of melancholy that makes the laughs stick to the ribs
April 27, 2020
A rat-a-tat screwball comedy with a very contemporary edge.
April 16, 2020
On the surface, Sweeney's film is a playful examination of sexual fluidity, but underneath the gags, it's really a universal, sweet movie about the modern complexities of finding a soulmate.
March 10, 2020
Unfortunately, some of its melancholy poignancy and sharp comedic observations don't always land as effectively as they could had Straight Up fluctuated between its highs and lows as it tends to percolate on mania.
March 5, 2020
Sweeney and Findlay, who's a real find, are head-spinningly good here, juggling their torrents of dialogue with aplomb.
March 2, 2020
Even though the characters are rather cartoonish, they're performed with an unfussy authenticity that makes them even funnier.
February 28, 2020
Straight Up reaffirms that a truly worthy no frills, small budget indie can indeed emerge from L.A. As such, it's also a primer for aspiring filmmakers everywhere on making a good feature with with chump change and small cast in everyday locations.
February 28, 2020
Straight Up's victory is the revelation that our own smarts are not smart enough to make up for romantic love; we seek something more.
February 28, 2020
An assured and refreshing first feature from writer/director/star James Sweeney.
February 28, 2020
Straight Up is an outright character study with regards to one person dealing with their internalized homophobia while finding their soulmate.
February 27, 2020
[T]he success of the film is in how firmly it establishes these characters as individuals and as a pair.
February 27, 2020
Sweeney updates that grand and glorious mode of run-for-cover screwball to the age of pop-culture-saturated digital millennials who think faster than they can process. And he does it with a flair that would leave Ben Hecht smiling.
February 27, 2020
The movie comes across as a rush of bouncy one-liners and arch formal conceits. You never quite buy Todd and Rory as flesh-and-blood people who could have conversations that don't sound rehearsed.
February 25, 2020
It may talk (and talk) a good game, but it's in the quieter moments of silence when it speaks volumes about the perils of modern alienation.
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