The Pretty One

2013, Comedy/Drama, 1h 30m

34 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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A shy, withdrawn woman (Zoe Kazan) secretly assumes the identity of her glamorous twin sister after the latter dies in a car accident.

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  • Dec 12, 2014
    Really liking Zoe Kazan as an actress. She plays her own twin through the first part of this. Hard movie to describe, but I really did like this one.
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  • Jun 16, 2014
    Zoe Kazan is a very whimsical, sweet looking little creature, and she carries a lot of this movie on her back. Playing identical twins Audrey and Laurel, she navigates death, heartbreak, and feelings of inadequacy and loss with aplomb. The problem with this film is that Laurel is a weird character, and not the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" weirdness of a quirky character, but the delusion of someone who has mental issues. Laurel takes over her sister's life after she dies, and then acts strange around all her sister's friends and acquaintances, and basically everyone she meets. She's mousy, lonely, and often says odd things to her tenant, played by Jake Johnson. Their relationship is probably where most of the charm is supposed to originate in the script, but they both come off as delusional, somewhat out of touch people. If this film wasn't so bogged down in Laurel, and let Audrey's life shine through a little more, there would have been a bigger, broader message than the one we get from this film.
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  • Feb 10, 2014
    "They told her to get a life. They didn't say whose." - tagline for Supergirl comic book in the 90's. In "The Pretty One," Laurel(Zoe Kazan) begins her birthday by losing her virginity to Hunter(Sterling Beaumon) who she used to babysit for. Otherwise, it is business as usual as she takes care of her widowed painter father(John Carroll Lynch) before her twin sister Ashley(Zoe Kazan) shows up for the celebration. Disapproving of her sister's lack of a life, Ashley invites Laurel back with her to the big city. And all goes as planned until tragedy strikes and a sister is killed in a car accident. With everybody thinking it is Laurel who has died when instead it is Ashley, Laurel sees her chance and takes over her sister's identity and moves to the city... While "The Pretty One" has some surprises in store for Laurel as to the truth of Ashley's life, the movie also has some good thoughts along the same line of how you cannot truly know somebody until you have walked a mile in their high heels.(Just ask quantum physicist Sam Beckett if you do not believe me.) Otherwise, the movie can be just as awkward as its heroine in expressing those ideas. So, it is a good thing that Zoe Kazan is excellent in dual roles, even if she is a little outside of her comfort zone. Plus, the movie also has Jake Johnson's easy going charm going for it.
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  • Jan 28, 2014
    I thought the premise of this film was great and was anxious to watch it after I saw the trailer. After watching it, I can concede that Kazan and Johnson have great chemistry but that's not enough to save this weirdly plotted comedy. By the end it feels clichéd and silly.
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