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The film is trite on the surface, but through some complex plotting, writer-director Jenée LaMarque slyly incorporates foreboding themes of guilt and delusion that push the farcical elements to the brink.
The whole movie has a damp, logy texture. It could have used a rewrite or a re-edit just to dry it out.
What would "The Pretty One" be without Zoe Kazan's pixieish melancholy and offbeat comic timing? Not much.
It would take a lot of charm for "The Pretty One" to overcome that creepy premise, but the movie doesn't have it.
"The Pretty One" is a movie with a few touching moments and others that prompt eye rolls.
Zoe Kazan breathes fresh, exciting life into a tried-and-true high concept, playing opposite herself as twentysomething identical twins in "The Pretty One."
One of those films with such a rich premise, you can't believe it hasn't been made before, yet you sure believe it could've only been made by LaMarque.
The Pretty One serves as director Jenée LaMarque's directorial debut, and while her style isn't revolutionary, it is a fun movie.
[The script] takes a concept that sounds ludicrous on paper and handles it in an unexpectedly sincere, clever manner.
The film has plenty of charm, but not enough to overcome a heaping dose of clichéd whimsy.
Like its lead character, The Pretty One is a little unstable even as its charms are irresistible.
Given its morbid, somewhat clichéd premise, I was pleasantly surprised by "The Pretty One." While no classic, it is both refreshingly quirky and more sensitive than expected.
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.
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.
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.
'The Pretty One'. An interesting emotional premise, a good Zoe Kazan. The dark humour alleviated well enough, but for such an emotionally rich story, no way near enough was mined.
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