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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  • ★★★★ 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.

  • ★★★★ review by jamawive on Letterboxd

    I laughed out loud, a lot. The premise isn't particularly novel, and satires of pretentious artistes and their patrons and hangers-on have certainly been done before, but this worked in a strangely intimate way. Wyatt Cenac is just completely fresh and believable as the mild-mannered writer having the night from hell.

  • ★★★½ review by el on Letterboxd

    @ my creative friends:

    never invite me to your artsy ppl parties they look exhausting

  • ★★★★½ review by yavin on Letterboxd

    so what you're telling me is that to get over my current slump/self-esteem issues i need to get stranded at a rich person's house party full of pretentious self-involved crazy artists? interesting.

    god this entire thing is such a MOOD though. highly relatable and very cute and i legit screamed at one part, what a Good

  • ★★★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

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