Fits and Starts
Directed by Laura Terruso
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 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.
★★★½ review by Fernando Andrés on Letterboxd
SXSW #11 —
Spirited and hilarious metropolitan farce. Dabbles in first-timer cliches but never too often.
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