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A short, yet slow film, that obviously isn't for everyone, but, for those who it *is* for, those who'll enjoy this ultra low-budget examination of friendship and romance, for us, it's like bittersweet candy. Ivy, played by the beautiful Zoe Kazan, has epilepsy(The name, Exploding Girl is a double entendre, for one, she has epilepsy, shown in one scene to heart-breaking effect, and also in regards for her angst and ennui regarding her relationships and confusions with them.) Her friend Al, played by Mark Rendall(Who really should be in more and more movies, he seems like a star in my opinion.) is staying at her place during a break in College(I think Spring Break, but I'm honestly not sure.) But over the course of this 80 minute film, Ivy goes back and forth emotionally with a boyfriend she only hears of in brief, uneventful phone calls that mirror the phone conversations we have in real life, we attempt to have long, rich conversations through a hand-held device, yet end up saying "good-bye" before anything of use or wealth is said. The fact that the film unfolds slowly, and feels slow, and yet only lasts 80 minutes is a toast to the writing and performances. Some will say its boring because of this, but to me, it was just about as realistic as you could get, and very fun and heart-warming to see these events play out the way they did, because, in real life, relationships dont get kick-started with a jolt of energy like they do in most movies, they take a lot of time and a lot of missed opportunities and seemingly lost chances and inhibitions. To me, this film was just about perfect. Its what I love in modern independent film-making, short, cheap, to the point, effective, lovely, and sweet. Whilst also being true. And if you are the kind to be able to sit through a movie like this, the ending will definitely pay off for you. But for those unaware of what they're getting into, expecting a John Hughes romance, you're not gonna get it. But, as said before, if this is what you want, what you're looking for, then seek no more, you've found it!