Fits and Starts

A struggling writer can't seem to escape his wife's literary success. When a road trip to a publisher's salon takes an unexpected turn, he has to face his own creative shortcomings and find a way to regain control of his life and work.


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  • ★★★½ review by Bobby Analog on Letterboxd

    This is a super fun diversion, comprised of everything I love: non-character reaction shots, social captivity, class weirdness, and banal misunderstandings.

    Studios: Give Laura Terruso a gigantic bag of money with a "$" on it and let her make a big-budget comedy.

  • ★★★★ review by Jason Bailey on Letterboxd

    Writer/director Laura Terruso’s comedy of manners is very much in the spirit of the SXSW hit 'Hello, My Name is Doris' (which she co-wrote) a couple of years back: an offhandedly funny character comedy with genuine sweetness at its center. And it’s a depressingly rare reminder of the leading-man gifts of Wyatt Cenac, who is pitch perfect as a self-sabotaging novelist whose wife’s runaway success has put him even further into his own head. He conveys the intelligence and neuroticism of a young Woody Allen here, without leaning on any of the obvious tics, and he gets a good, lived-in vibe going with his onscreen wife, the wonderful Greta Lee. Terruso’s got a real eye and ear for the details of artistic pretentiousness and New York living, and if the complications that spur the action are a bit of a stretch, Cenac’s increasingly frazzled disposition keeps us engaged.

  • ★★★½ review by Stockton2Vlone on Letterboxd

    T.C. Boyle 

    P.T. Anderson

    J.M. Coetzee 

    R.L. Stein 

    J.G. Wentworth

    H.G. Wells

    D.L. Hughley

    A.R. Rahman

    A.O. Scott

  • ★★★★ review by Rob Dean on Letterboxd

    While it's nothing new or unique, this film is still a charming and fun comedy that takes direct aim at the pretentious NY art scene. Wyatt Cenac and Greta Lee are excellent in the lead roles.

  • ★★★½ review by Connor Clift on Letterboxd

    SXSW '17 | Ritz | Digital

    Typical Brooklyn based writers throwing typical tantrums. 

    Still, FITS AND STARTS has great comedic moments. The content/tone fits with the sensibilities of other NYC indies. It feels a little too familiar at times but still makes for an enjoyable watch. Zany.

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