Billed as an indie film, X's and O's surpasses the indie label doing away with long pointless expositions, contrived "intellectual" storylines, pretentious "Clerks"-like dialogue, and shooting on 35mm instead of DV gives the movie a classic Hollywood grade look and feel. X's and O's gets back to basics of characters and story. It focuses on the various relationships among a group of young adults in the San Francisco bay area. Each relationship is as different and interesting as the people who are in it. The "different and interesting" qualities can be attributed to the beautifully cast ensemble who represent the cultural diversity of the bay area - white, black, Latino, Asian, middle-eastern, gay, straight, confused, pseudo-gangster, insecure, etc. There are several sub-plots and storylines that help you understand the motivations of each character, and that in turn helps explain how each character affects the decisions of each other. For a romantic comedy, the movie refrains from employing Hollywood cliches like grand gestures of romance, chases across great distances to profess love, overcoming dramatic obstacles to reach emotional epiphanies, and the predictable happily-ever ending. Instead, X's and O's opts to paint a picture of conflict, insecurities, self-contradictions, redemption, and the little trivial things that constitute real romance and relationships. The ending itself is cleverly constructed to be left to interpretation and lends itself for a possible sequel. Though labeled as a romantic comedy, X's and O's is definitely not just a chick flick. It is a movie that even dudes can admit they watched and enjoyed.