Directed by Joshua Locy
After a three-year stint in prison, an unreasonably optimistic middle-aged man returns to his stagnant neighborhood to win back his girlfriend only to find that she and his family have done what they always wanted to do — forget he exists.
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★★★★½ review by emily on Letterboxd
stylish and great story
★★★½ review by TY Chang on Letterboxd
Feel like this isn't a particular worth-telling story yet it still pulls off smoothly and I hardly notice the time lapsed by.
Watched this for Bubble, long time no see man, don't even know he's only 48 by NOW.
And for reasons unknown I could still run Netflix.
★★★★ review by yanni on Letterboxd
very charming and the color grading is fantastic! i wasnt rly crazy abt the plot but the characters kept me interested. rly loved the ending and i liked seeing george sample iii and i feel like he has a bright acting career ahead of him!!! also i love a good dissolve every now and then
★★★½ review by Peter Valerio on Letterboxd
Fresh out of prison, Ashley is trying to win back his old girlfriend. Along the way, he makes some friends, tries to make some money, and goes back to school. Pretty good indie character study. Humor is used to dress up what is, at its heart, a pretty sad story.
★★★★ review by Barney Rubble on Letterboxd
An unconventional buddy movie about the all-consuming power of love and the singular, desperate drive it creates.
Andre Royo (at his absolute best) is consumed with a desire to get his former flame back, while George Sample III (a revelation) is driven by a desire to provide for his comatose grandfather. There's no drugs, alcohol or religion in the world of the film, giving the characters no crutches to lean on in their unwavering pursuits of love, providing for a powerful climax.
The film is simultaneously charming and touching and masterfully transitions from a quirky comedy to a somber drama through the course of the run-time. There are a few transitional scenes that didn't land and come off mainly as "art for art's sake," but they don't serve to completely diminish the overall feel of the film.
Side note: There was a Q&A after this film that very quickly turned into a genuinely enthusiastic open discussion of the audience's interpretations of the film, spearheaded by the director himself. It served as the cherry on top of a day of great films.
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