on February 14, 2010
This flic is definitely weird but I found it entertaining just the same. If you appreciate British humour, there are moments you will likely laugh out loud. If you are expecting a Hollywood style movie, you will be disappointed but if you enjoy small indie films, it is worth the watch.
on August 26, 2010
The idea sounds kind of cool...have a famous author of a psychological "self-help" book come right into your home to help you deal with your parental/life problems. It could've had great potential, but the parents are unlikable drips with no development and his friends are nerdier than your own friends and for most of the movie, we see only Rob's shag, and not his sweet face. R Pattz is convincing as a nerd and I still love him dearly for even taking on such a wimpy role (although better executed with the good script in the movie "The Worst Mother's Handbook". So kuddos to him, but please go see his Twilight era movies such as Little Ashes and Bel Ami before heading back to this historic drek.
on March 12, 2011
A sweet, odd, hilarious, somewhat dark comedic drama. Very indie/arty, and if you're not used to that style you probably won't like it immediately. However, if you give it a chance and go with its tone- a thin, wavering, frequently ignored line between sincerity and satire, tragedy and comedy- than it has so much to offer. Art is an Everyman for a confused, over-analytical, undefined generation of young people; mainlining on the naval-gaze, caught up in the self-help industry, and not knowing what it takes to just enjoy oneself and live in the moment.
A lot of viewers seem to hate the film because they find Art pathetic and sometimes he is, but that's not *all* that he is and, if we're honest about ourselves, we know that we're pathetic sometimes too. We are all ridiculous, humans are ridiculous. Just own it. Besides which, his problems in the film are real, relateable, and not all of his own making. I mean, sure, he's probably overreacting, but it's understandable. He hasn't been equipped to cope with or comprehend his own life. I think most people feel that way at some point in their lives; trapped and isolated and as if they're missing out on what "normal" is supposed to be like. He's utterly average (wanting to be a musician and lacking the talent, wanting to be profound and lacking the wisdom, wanting to be in love and failing to notice he's not) and his problem is he doesn't know how to *be* average.
This film is both over-the-top and funny and deeply real and touching at the same time. The scene where Art is trying to hug his mum and she's pushing him away is funny, but it's also gutting, because we've all been there in one way or another.