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Listen Up Philip 2014

  • Alex Ross Perry
  • October 17, 2014
  • 108 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Comedy
Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip's idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.

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Intellectual comedy drama about a self obsessed, pretentious, sometimes unlikeable writer. Shades of Woody Allen in its focus on creative types, with similarly impressive dialogue and characterisation. Like the main character, however, the film is easier to admire than fully enjoy.

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I went into this film hoping large amounts of Elizabeth Moss would help counteract the Jason Schwartzman. It didn't.

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