Mary Poppins Returns
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Offers a few laughs, all served up on eyeball-gougingly ugly digital video.
This well-acted film captures a generational and occupational sliver of New York life that rings true.
Schechter made the whole thing for about $50,000, without any A-list names. And yet it's sharper and more entertaining than most of the movies to come out this month at 10 times the budget - or well beyond.
Supporting Characters tends to meander pleasantly from scene to scene, relying on the testy rapport between its two lead actors.
[A] modest but surprisingly deft indie ...
In its sharply etched sketches of personal and professional frissons, Supporting Characters belies the modesty of both its lo-fi setup and its self-effacing title.
Glides from a mildly off-putting opening across several scenes that waver between sitcom superficiality and sudden, unexpected gusts of feeling.
Supporting Characters is entertaining enough and it does remind me of Woody Allen films (though minus the charm). It is the type of film that many people will love and others will hate. Supporting Characters is not really plot-driven nor is it episodic but somewhere in-between and at the end it fades out. Characters themselves have a smugness that will irritate some viewers though I find it tolerable (it is how people are). The main strength is wittiness/cleverness of the dialogue. It's uneven but the positives outweighs the negatives and overall the film works for me.
In "Supporting Characters," Nick(Alex Karpovsky) gets to sleep in while his fiancee Amy(Sophia Takal) goes to work. That's not to say he has it easy because he and his partner Darryl(Tarik Lowe) have their work cut out for them in editing Adrian's(Kevin Corrigan) movie. On the other hand, Nick gets to work with the beautiful Jamie(Arielle Kebbel) in re-recording some of her dialogue.
As a movie about film editors, "Supporting Characters" suffers in the shadows of Albert Brooks' previous "Modern Romance." That's not say "Supporting Characters" it not without its share of pluses, namely being an amiable romantic comedy with a likable cast. It also has a sweet conversation centered around "Indecent Proposal." But just as "Supporting Characters" seeks to show how important editors are to putting together a film, it also gives a tutorial in how not to edit one, which is namely illustrated by the movie's inconsistencies.
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