Walking and Talking
Directed by Nicole Holofcener
Things have been tough lately for Amelia. Her best friend moved out of the apartment, her cat got cancer, and now her best friend, Laura, is getting married. She copes with things, from the help of Andrew, Frank, Laura, and a brief romance with Bill "The Ugly Guy".
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★★★½ review by Willow Catelyn on Letterboxd
A week ago I made a tweet praising "difficult" women in movies. The thing about "difficult" is that it often means the same thing as human, because we're all beholden to desires and ways of living that are both good and bad. A difficult character is a good one, and Nicole Holofcener's greatest trait is her ability to fill her films full of characters who feel like they exist on Earth. They're not always pleasant to be around, but they're fully rounded in a way that more writers should aspire towards.
★★★★ review by Anjali on Letterboxd
Deep in the trenches of Netflix Instant, I found Walking and Talking, a movie I last saw in the late '90s, liked a lot and couldn't remember a single moment of. But the synopsis intrigued me, since it sounds so much like Frances Ha, one of my favorite movies of the last several months.
Happily, Walking and Talking totally holds up. It's smart, funny and full of moments that feel painfully real. Kevin Corrigan as "the ugly guy" who works at the video store is spot-on. And if you, like me, have been nursing a weird obsession with all things 1990s, this is a must-watch. The clothes, Anne Hecht, the soundtrack (Frente!, Liz Phair, Joan Osborne), the fact that several key moments in the plot hinge on people leaving messages on answering machines -- it's all so wonderfully '90s.
And now I want to rewatch Lovely & Amazing.
★★★★½ review by Ash on Letterboxd
Incredibly warm, funny, romantic and accurate portrayal of the complexities of relationships and commitment. The pacing is very unique - the film is comprised of very tiny scenes that each flow together wonderfully.
The five main characters - specifically the two women - deliver believable and loveable performances. The whole film reminds me of Woody Allen or, more specifically Frances Ha; the relationships between the men and women are important but it is the relationship between the two women that provides the strongest narrative arch.
★★★★ review by 'Becca'lise on Letterboxd
A bizarre but cute little movie. Nothing much happens, plot-wise, but I found myself invested in these characters despite their awkwardness. Catherine Keener carries this film on her very capable shoulders.
★★★½ review by Josh Larsen on Letterboxd
A modest debut, this nonetheless bears all the markings of the exquisitely observed relationship dramedies that writer-director Nicole Holofcener would go on to make. Catherine Keener and Anne Heche star as lifelong friends whose tight bond is being tested by young adulthood—and particularly by the men who have moved into their shared personal space. The self-critique on the part of the characters is witheringly funny (answering machines often serve as confessional booths), especially in the hands of Keener. Her Amelia is the goofier, more impulsive, and less “marriageable” of the pair, a sometimes paralyzingly self-conscious single woman whom Keener plays without a trace of self-consciousness. Holofcener has written some sharp dialogue, but Keener hardly needs it. Twisting her lips, widening her eyes, letting loose that rumbling laugh—she’s as good as anyone at using facial expressions to express emotion and character. Heche lends strong support, as do Liev Schreiber, Todd Field, and Kevin Corrigan as men working through their own issues alongside the two women.
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