The Boy Downstairs (2016)
Critic Reviews for The Boy Downstairs
Mamet has a quick, spry reaction time and a gently forlorn focus that holds the screen, and she holds this movie together.
Named like a horror movie but packaged like a rom-com, The Boy Downstairs is a sweet showcase of writer/director Sophie Brooks' takes on memory, expectation and charm.
Brooks perfectly captures the party dynamic of young Brooklyn gatherings, vividly skewering hipster hookup culture and mustachioed meet-cutes on rooftops, while still managing to approach her central love story with maximum pathos.
Brooks has a good ear for everyday wit, and a good eye for lived-in detail.
In trying to say something about life and the experiences of disillusioned, confused young people, it ends up saying nothing. The film is just so many recycled scenes from other, better films that had something original to say.
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