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Let them Chirp a While

6.51 h 32 min200813+
The debut 35mm feature film comedy from 23 year-old whiz kid Jonny Blitstein. Starring Justin Rice (Mutual Appreciation), Brendan Sexton III (Boys Don't Cry) and Laura Breckenridge (Southern Belles). With Zach Galligan (Gremlins).
Jonathan Blitstein
Justin RiceBrendan Sexton IIILaura Breckenridge
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Pepper BinkleyZach GalliganCharlotte LakeAnthony Rapp
Jonathan BlitsteinAnouk Frösch
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born into thisReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2010
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Living Here in Allen-town
An obvious homage to Woody Allen adapted to contemporary twenty-somethings. The title comes from a passage in Emerson's 'Self-Reliance' and clues us to the possibility that some sort of breakthrough or insight may be incubating in our protagonist-- A young creatively frustrated NYC writer who is navigating the tensions of friendship, love interest, and artistic rivalry. And oh yeah, the perils of dog-sitting.

His best friend--a somewhat mentally somnabulant musician with a day-job--has creative and relationship problems of his own and the film essentially entwines itself in their collective angst-ridden relationship adventures.

Our lead Justin Rice (who I loved in 'Mutual Appreciation' and who on paper at least would seem a good choice for the role) comes off--for myself anyway--as less than inspired: a little misanthropic-neurotic Allen here, a little mumbling-bumbling Ben Stiller there, not enough Rice in his completely natural habitat: Wild, as in free.

Virtually every aspect of the film seems Allen-inspired from the quasi-ensemble nature of the storytelling to the music to the ironic plot moves (including a kind of Bergman sub-plot) and while it is enjoyable overall I think the spectre of Allen looms a little too large for the film to rise above the moderately charming & amusing level or to have something vital or original to say; and if the performances are generally sound none are particularly memorable.

The best reason to watch this is for the fine walking and talking shots of the city and as a kind of ritual participation in Allen appreciation.
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