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Miles
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Jon Weiner
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Cop
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Derek Keil ...
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Tim Gambell ...
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Zak is a smart, good-looking nice guy whose heretofore charmed life starts coming apart as his longtime romance with Samantha, a painter whom he finds increasingly intimidating, begins to crumble; impending graduation makes it clear to her that that she's ready to move on. Written by mdb

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Insightful, witty take on undergrads facing life
23 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Max Borenstein wrote and directed this fine film that brilliantly captures the moment when a college senior faces the threshold of life after college. Using talented Yale classmates and campus settings, Borenstein evinces a grasp of film idiom, story arc, and style that foretells a brilliant career as screenwriter and director. Respected critic Kevin Thomas recognized its merit and it was entered in L.A. Film Festival. While made by students, the movie far exceeds the category of "student film" in its conception and performances. Like those of a previous generation of student filmmakers - Lucas, Spielberg, Scorcese - Borenstein's first effort shows a maturity beyond his years. The story follows Zak (Peter Cellini) as he learns lessons that no college course can teach. Loyalty to pals - Miles (Graham Norris) and Stanley (Jeffrey K. Miller) and lover Samantha (Zoe Kazan) has its price. As his senior year comes to a close, so his naiveté screeches to a halt as he learns that no good deed goes unpunished and that there is no neat way to move on. Funny and wise, surprising and never dull, you will smile in recognition of the very human characters and enjoy every minute. Some day this film will be a landmark as a start of brilliant careers for writer / director and actors. Now, it stands on its own as a joy.


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