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Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989)

 -  Comedy  -  8 December 1989 (USA)
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Ira is a nervous playwright waiting and hoping to succeed with his art, which he takes it very seriously. But following his dreams and ambitions isn't something easy to do, specially when ... See full summary »

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Ira is a nervous playwright waiting and hoping to succeed with his art, which he takes it very seriously. But following his dreams and ambitions isn't something easy to do, specially when he has to consider the points of view his family, his artist friends and his girlfriend will provide to him whenever he exposes his incomprehensible works of art. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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First feature film directed by Todd Solondz. See more »

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Junk: I don't *do* junk... I *am* Junk.
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References Action Jackson (1988) See more »

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Back In The Groove
By Frankie Johnson
Courtesy of Polydor Limited
© 1989 Polygram Music Publishing Limited
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one of these things is not like the others
12 October 1998 | by (Centreville, VA) – See all my reviews

I am a big fan of both WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE and HAPPINESS, and didn't even know this movie existed until it was shown recently on the "Romance Classics" cable channel, of all places. (The only "star" acknowledged in the channel listing was Stanley Tucci, who does have a small supporting role.) This film tries too hard to be a wacky look at love for a loser (played by Solondz), and I found its wackiness to be both forced and intrusive. While it does contain some of the elements that are used so much more effectively in his later two films, such as an unblinking look at the ugliness in life, and strange songs with lyrics penned by Solondz, this film is not in the same league as either. It doesn't help that intentionally or otherwise, Solondz comes off as a annoying version of Woody Allen. Recommended for Solondz (or Tucci) completists only.


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