The Scenesters (2011)




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An innovative and quirky dark comedy that both honors and deconstructs the conventions of the classic 'who-done-it?' film noir, THE SCENESTERS is about your average down-on-his-luck guy with an unconventional day job as a crime scene cleaner. For years, Charlie Newton (Blaise Miller) has been the butt of jokes from every cocky investigator. What no one realizes, though, is that Charlie has a highly-developed Sherlockian sense of deduction. As a couple of apathetic detectives (Kevin M. Brennan and Monika Jolly) investigate a series of killings in ultra-hip East Los Angeles, Charlie is with them every step of the way, often finding clues that would have otherwise been missed. It isn't long before the crime scene videographers (an out-of-work film director (Todd Berger) and producer (Jeff Grace)) realize that Charlie might be the real story and decide to make a movie about him. Eventually the killer wants his day in the spotlight and begins to make a movie of his own. Charlie must race against time to save the life of the final victim. Unless, of course, Charlie was the killer all along.... The film's soundtrack (and plot) features indie-rock favorites The Airborne Toxic Event, The Cribs, The Sonics, Wallpaper, Le Switch, and many more. -- (C) Official
R (for language, violent content and brief drug use)
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Blaise Miller
as Charlie Newton
Jeff Grace (II)
as Roger Graham
Kevin Brennan
as Investigator Henry Muse
Sherilyn Fenn
as ADA Barbara Dietrichson
Suzanne May
as Jewell Wright
Kevin M. Brennan
as Investigator Henry Muse
Todd Berger
as Wallace Cotton
Monika Jolly
as Investigator Carlita Travers
James Jolly
as Irving Shaw
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Critic Reviews for The Scenesters

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

The writer-director Todd Berger parades his stylistic chops with his self-satisfied, vérité-ish comedy "The Scenesters," a tepid show-business satire.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011
New York Times
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Audiences will shrug at the mystery's solution but likely will be eager to see what Berger & Co. do next.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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This jumbled satirical mystery is too pleased with itself for its own good.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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The film plays like an in-joke home movie of the very folks it means to send up.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Likely to be rejected as a labored, smug, and ultimately inert neo-noir crime comedy, a movie far too wrapped in its own cleverness to engage the viewer with anything above rampaging self-awareness.

Full Review… | March 27, 2011

Not perfect, but a fun and rangy, noir-tinged murder comedy. The Scenesters has in abundance what every independent film yearns for -- intrigue and a cocksure rhythm that doesn't ever feel false.

Full Review… | August 24, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Scenesters

A remarkable use of a microscopic budget to create a unique, funny little mystery/comedy indie trip with something to say.

Brandon Vander Hey
Brandon Vander Hey

fun, hilarious and ahead of its time with its pitch perfect skewering of mumblecore. manages to both honor and parody the noir genre. big fan, looking forward to whatever these guys do next.

rachel walker
rachel walker

Interesting story, but could have been better if it didn't have the home-movie/low budget feel throughout.

Emily Osinsky
Emily Osinsky

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