Directed by Noël Wells
A young woman returns home and must confront her ex-boyfriend when an unexpected tragedy occurs.
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★★★½ review by Gazelle Garcia on Letterboxd
"You got that QUIRKY girl thing going on."
Emily is back in Austin to pay respects to the deceased cat she left behind with the boyfriend she abandoned. She stays with him and his new perfect girlfriend. As you can imagine this will be a test for Emily's patience and maturity as she faces questions about her career choices and comes to terms with wrong choices she's made and wrong choices she's yet to make.
Wells impresses, being too smart to just act and too funny to just write. She does both while managing to also masterfully direct this delightful coming of age tale for us young adult Texans who feel threatened by everything and lost in our passions.
★★★★½ review by JP Dalton on Letterboxd
I had no Idea what this film was about as I entered the theater and I was pleasantly surprised. Mr. Roosevelt is another grand directorial debut of 2017 from Noël Wells. It's got tons of humor, great heart, brilliant performances, and a surprising message on how we overthink what other people might be thinking of us...... if that makes sense.
In other words, it's probably this year's Fundamentals of Caring, a film I thought was great but a lot of other people thought was too indie for it's own good.
★★★½ review by Nick Manna on Letterboxd
Standard comedy that is elevated by some great jokes and a good Noel Wells performance that makes it a fun time. Recommended if it comes out and is near you!
★★★★ review by kwang on Letterboxd
SXSW Film #4
This was an incredibly sweet film that surprised many people, including myself, at its premiere in SXSW. Noel Wells, most noticeable in her role in Aziz Ansari's Master of None and her stint on SNL, directs and stars in her first major independent film that serves as a love letter to Austin, stemming from her UT roots.
Noel plays a 20-something Youtube star who is struggling to make it big in L.A. She returns back to Austin temporarily to tend to a sick loved one, whilst staying with her ex and his new girlfriend. Before you mutter the words, been there done that, I have to say that it takes a special and nuanced director to churn out the pacing, charm, and dialogue that this film delivers, instead of falling into the bin of "finding yourself" independent films as the 355th entry.
I am happy for Noel. I don't personally know her, but during the Q&A at her premiere, she truly loves Austin as the start to her entertainment career. She casted many local Austin filmmakers as an act of selflessness, and she appears very passionate in her craft, evidenced by her words of conviction and gratitude onstage. At a separate line for a different screening, she personally handed out her promotional brochures to people standing in line, acting as if she is still a local artist. I wish Noel Wells well.
★★★★ review by Joel Liss on Letterboxd
After the bad taste in my mouth left by "This is Your Death", I needed something good. Luckily Noel Wells' directorial debut, Mr. Roosevelt, is a wonderfully adorable film elevated by the fact that it's one of the two funniest movie I've seen at the festival, tge other being Disaster Artist. Much like Disaster Artist, Mr. Roosevekt is a laugh-a-minute film that manages to even find laighs during the more dramatic moments of the film. It's a simple story, yes, but sometimes that's all you need.
4 stars plus half a star because Noel Wells signed my program. Minus half a star because the venue was just a bunch of chairs and a projector screen.
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