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Long, shapeless, and painfully unfunny, Wirey Spindell confirms its maker's status as one of the most distinctively awful filmmakers of his generation.
...a teen sex comedy for the grown-up arthouse crowd.
To say that this movie is true to life is only to say that it's banal, boring and confusing.
Wirey Spindell is as idiosyncratic as the name of its hero, which gives this surprisingly affecting film its title.
Ambiguously autobiographical (and, per usual, sooty-lensed.
Where writer-director Eric Schaeffer shoots himself in the foot is by succumbing to the narcissistic voice within.
The first pleasant surprise of 2000.
A naked attempt at Jerry Maguire-style profundity that elicited 47 temple rubs and 13 audible Jesuses between my companion and I... the comedic equivalent of flat soda.
The big puzzle is why anyone would want to get within 50 feet of the guy, let alone marry him.
As annoying and self-indulgent as the film may be, it can only seem irredeemable once Schaeffer has confirmed what you already suspected -- that he's using the film to trot out every oddball anecdote from his own life.
Easily the best film that writer-director Eric Schaeffer (My Life's in Turnaround, Fall, If Lucy Fell) has made in his short career as the king of narcissistic indie cinema. But that's like saying that some hate crimes are preferable to others.
Schaeffer needs to realize that there are few universals in his stories and way too many specifics, and it takes more than a weird name like Wirey Spindell to make a person really distinctive.
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