Slow Learners

High school guidance counselor Jeff, and his platonic friend and co-worker Anne are responsible, well intentioned, kind… and boring. They frustratingly watch on as their peers find love and companionship, while they continue to fail in spectacular fashion when it comes to romance. As they reach their loneliness breaking point they make a pact to forgo their familiar, vanilla personas in exchange for their unexplored, confident alter egos. They wave goodbye to Jeff’s awkward all-male book club and Anne’s flailing attempts to catch the eye of Jeff’s sexy neighbor Max, and say hello to raucous summer nights filled with booze, dancing, and sex. Naturally things don’t exactly go according to plan.


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  • ★★★★ review by shomes on Letterboxd

    Yes predictable, but actually funny. And is so worth the opening scenes with Adam Pally on a date. The insults lobbed are so terribly mean and hilarious.

    Jeff: Can I ask what is it about me that makes you not want to sit here?

    Woman on Date with Him: Honestly, like everything. Starting with your face. The expression on it is like bad, you sort of look like you're smelling something that doesn't smell good. Your eyes are squinting even though you're wearing glasses, like your eyes don't work. You kinda look like a lesbian newscaster, because you're effeminate, but not in a good way, in a way that's almost insulting to women. You're not androgynous just soft and doughy. You don't look like you have bones under your body, you're sorta like an old baby. You seem very uncomfortable, like you're apologizing for your existence. You know?


    And then the dry heaving.

  • ★★★½ review by Emalie on Letterboxd

    I think I'm in love with Adam Pally.

  • ★★★★ review by Cass Wall on Letterboxd

    I always say I love romantic comedies and then I watch romantic comedies. I don't think I'm wrong though, so many of them are just bad. They forget the comedy part.

    This movie proves my point. I was so in love with it. It will probably never be anyone's favorite movie but it was cute and hilarious and I could watch it on an endless loop. Ugh. Marry me, Sarah Burns and Adam Pally.

  • ★★★★ review by Nathan Neidlinger on Letterboxd

    I think what people who don't like this are missing is that it isn't supposed to be all about the comedy. Yeah, that's how it starts, and it's thrown back in occasionally, but it strives to tell a story that, if you let it, might make you cry. I did, but fair enough, it took a couple of views, and it's not easy fare by any means, but if you let it be enjoyable, you will have a great time. 

    The opening scene is also absolutely perfect.

  • ★★★½ review by Alex Kittle on Letterboxd

    Super predictable (which is fine for a romantic comedy, honestly) but with some really sharp and funny dialogue and great performances. Some things don't work (like the only POC being unnamed stereotypes, yikes) and the first half is definitely more entertaining than the second, but still enjoyable enough all around. It's cute.

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