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 Maclay 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 Bert on Letterboxd
The ultimate 90s indie rom-com Woody Allen style but not actually a Woody Allen movie. Catherine Keener is KWEEN, and Anne Heche is as Anne Hechey as it gets, this was filmed around the time of her alien abduction period I think. Great script too, I’d expect nothing less from the great Nicole Holofcener.
★★★★ review by Kristen Yoonsoo Kim on Letterboxd
i am the belly-rubbing mbv-loving horror freak Ugly Guy
35mm. Quad Cinema.
★★★★ 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.
★★★★ 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.
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