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 davidehrlich on Letterboxd
The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is officially dead, and the Girl with a Cracked iPhone Screen has taken her place. That’s not as catchy (it kind of sounds like the least exciting Stieg Larsson novel of all time), but it still feels like progress. The old trope was just a foil for some forlorn male protagonist, less of an actual person than an adorkable fairy godmother whose sole purpose in life was to restore a sense of self-worth to an aimless dude who forgot how to generate his own. The new trope, on the other hand, is alive — she creates her own context.
Usually a twenty something who is falling short of her potential, The Girl with a Cracked iPhone Screen is a mess, she doesn’t have a ton of money (shout out to the gig economy), and she makes an audience of millennials feel comparatively stable. Odds are, she wants to be a comedian. Or a journalist. Or maybe she has no idea what she wants to be, and is just totally captivated by how Greta Gerwig can waltz through life like she never has to choose. It doesn’t matter, the important thing is that she’s the lead character in her own story. The Girl with a Cracked iPhone Screen is every bit as scatterbrained and self-possessed as her predecessor, but if she purely exists in relation to some guy, she only does so at the beginning of the movie, before she’s embarked on the kind of personal journey that Manic Pixie Dream Girls only ever got to facilitate.
★★★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 Tyla on Letterboxd
This felt like the first in a great filmography of a prolific, comedic auteur.
★★★★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!
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