Mutual Appreciation Movie Review Summary

Actors: Justin Rice, Andrew Bujalski

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Mutual Appreciation

Alan's band just broke up and now he finds himself all of a sudden trying to put together a solo act after just moving to New York City where he has nowhere to stay other than friends' couches. Two of those friends, married couple Ellie and Lawrence, both the same age as Alan, though self-sufficient professionals, take him in only to have the foundation of their relationship shook when Ellie and Alan develop feelings for each other. Shot in grainy black-and-white, the film follows Alan as he spends most of his time working on a new set, trying to find a drummer and flirting with a local radio disc jockey, while Ellie and Lawrence grapple with the maturity and permanence of their situation. All of this is conveyed in low key scenes and drawn out dialogue that reveals itself to be more revealing and emotionally prevalent on each subsequent viewing.
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Best part of story, including ending: It doesn't strain to his plot points or story beats, instead opting for a more organic kind of storytelling that follows the emotional arc of the characters.

Best scene in story: A strange after party where a drunk Alan submits to the cross dressing pressures of four women.

Opinion about the main character: Alan's stubborn resistance to responsibility and maturity is, at once, honest and frustrating.

The review of this Movie prepared by Tom Storch a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   musician

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   musician Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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