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"True Adolescents," reviewed

  • IFC
They say that directing is 90% casting. But that must mean that casting is a hefty percentage of acting too -- knowing how to place yourself in roles where you have the best chance to succeed. I'm not sure that Mark Duplass is a world-class actor but he's a genius at casting. He's good in everything in part because he understands his strengths an actor and plays to them. His character in "True Adolescents," Sam, isn't that far removed from the likable, aimless early thirtysomethings he played in films like "The Puffy Chair" or "Humpday." But Duplass is his generation's foremost likable, aimless early thirtysomething, and it's always fun to see him to riff on that persona.

Sam lives in Seattle and works (sort of) as a struggling musician. His scruffy, scuffling rock band has the symbolism-infused name The Effort; Sam thinks they're right on the verge of a record deal,
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SXSW Review: True Adolescents

  • Cinematical
The genre of comedies about scruffy, directionless 30-year-old man-boys has occasionally produced a sub-genre where those men are pitted against actual young people, either as contrast (when the teenagers are more mature than the adults) or so they can wallow in their juvenile behavior together. We got a big-studio taste of that with last year's Role Models, and now here's True Adolescents, the indie version, which means it has more contemplative moments and a lot of mumbling.

Mark Duplass, already a recognizable face in the so-called mumblecore movement, stars as Sam, a Seattle slacker whose rock band is, at least in his mind, always on the verge of hitting it big. To an impartial observer, it's more like he's unemployed. After his girlfriend throws him out, he crashes with his aunt Sharon (Melissa Leo), who's sympathetic but realistic about Sam's need to grow up and get serious.

Sharon is divorced
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SXSW 09: Full lineup announced

SXSW is one of my favorite festivals of the year as it showcases some of the best and most innovative real independent films, and with this host of world premiers, it's also playing alot of Sundance material as well as genre fare from all over the world, many of which we've covered heavily in these pages.

From the Sundance lineup, we have films like Moon, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, You Won't Miss Me, Grace, and Humpday, among others.

For the world genre material we've covered, there's Lake Mungo, The Square, Zift, and Awaydays.

I think you get the point that lots of great looking film will be playing. I'll leave a bit of the exploration to you..

Lineup after the break.

Narrative Features Competition

Artois the Goat

Director: Kyle Bogart. Writer: Cliff and Kyle Bogart

Lab technician Virgil Gurdies embarks on an epic quest to craft the greatest
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