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A lot of people will see the trailer for this movie and think it's another version of "Napoleon Dynamite" but it's actually very different. It has a sweetness to it that makes the movie work in a way that I was totally not expecting. I think the best thing to know about this movie before you go into it is that the main actor playing ALex Karpovsky is actually named Alex Karpovsky and like the character he is also a filmmaker. I hope that that's where the similarities end because this guy is a real trip. He behaves like a fool half the time, and the other half of the time he acts like an insane prick. I think we all know somebody who acts like this so it's easy to laugh at his predicaments because, truthfully, he kind of gets what he deserves. But the movie is all about big laughs and this one has many laughs that just get bigger as the movie goes on. The ending is one of the funniest endings I have seen in a loooooong time. HILARIOUS!
Alex Karpovsky is one of the most unique talents on the indie film scene these days. Nothing he does is ever like anything he's done before, whether it's as a writer, actor, or a director. Heck, nothing he does is like anything anyone has ever done before. He has such a unique voice and vision. If you haven't seen him in anything, be sure to check him out on the popular show "Girls" where he plays a character that you just have to see to believe. In this movie he plays a filmmaker with the same name as his real name who ends up getting stalked by a crazy girl he hooks up with at a low level film festival. His friend Henry shows up to help but ends up hooking up with her too. Soon, they are both in big trouble and it ends in a screamingly hilarious way. The writing is top notch and the acting is superb. I would recommend it to anyone that loves smart cinema. A+ all the way!
There’s a great new movie called "Red Flag" opening this week, and if you’re lucky enough to live in New York or Los Angeles, you absolutely must hunt it down at the theater nearest you and watch it with your besties. If you’re outside any of those two cities, go ahead and download it so you can see what I’m talking about. I realize that I am encouraging online piracy, but something tells me the makers of this movie would want (and even hope) that you would do the desperate thing and patronize this movie at any cost (even at no cost).
The movie is about a struggling filmmaker named Alex Karpovsky who is on a mission to show his latest indie feature. He wants to take his girlfriend on a tour showcasing his film but she sort of dumps him right before. So he goes it alone – which might be okay if he were anyone else.
Since he is Alex Karpovsky, he is a walking bag of neuroses so hilarious in their extremities that you cannot help but cringe and giggle at the same time. Ergo, when he ends up getting stalked by a groupie he hooks up with while on tour, you don’t really feel bad for him. You feel like you want to send him to therapy. And pay for it. He is like a slightly more confident version of Woody Allen. Only without the whole “marrying-his-daughter” thing. He’s selfish, he’s endearing, he’s totally lacking ins self-awareness.
So when his best friend from back home named Henry (Onur Tukel) calls him up to say that he wants to help him promote his film, things get only worse. Henry also ends up hooking up with the stalker groupie River (Jennifer Pedriger) and the movie concludes in a hilarious sequence that has to be seen to be believed. It’s so over-the-top that it might as well have been the climax of "Borat".
The movie works because of its three leads who are obviously improvising their lines but doing such a wondrous job at playing off each other that you wonder at times if this isn’t a doc**entary. This is a comedy about romance and art in the classic sense: it shows how utterly absurd both pursuits are at their core. A must see.
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