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Monogamy -- Increasingly anxious about his impending marriage to Nat (Jones) and thoroughly bored with his day job as a wedding photographer, Theo (Messina) establishes a hobby: he's hired by clients to clandestinely snap voyeuristic photos of them as they go about their days. Things go smoothly until a sexy new customer's exhibitionism leads to an all-consuming obsession.


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  (in credits order)

Chris Messina ... Theo

Rashida Jones ... Nat

Meital Dohan ... Subgirl

Zak Orth ... Quinny

Ivan Martin ... Will
Madison Arnold ... Mr. Margolin

Sarah Burns ... Ella
Paul Diomede ... Man
Hannah Gilli ... Hannah

Neal Huff ... Dr. Gleeman

Adam Pally ... Allen

Mason Pettit ... Groom

Samantha Sherman ... Bride
Gil Rogers ... Mr. Lasky

Emily Tremaine ... Redhead
Alison Lehman ... Flower Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Beauchamp ... Clerk
Mark Cirnigliaro ... Dark Room Developer

Robert C. Kirk ... Cop
Leslie Lyles ... Yasmine
Jamie Richard ... Teenage Brother

Cheryl Alessio ... Jogger (uncredited)
Courtney Antonioli ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Eliza Morales Brown ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Shirley Dluginski ... Extra (uncredited)

Wayne K. Gabriel ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Jessica Jones ... Bar patron (uncredited)

Kory Kay ... Extra (uncredited)
Richard N. Wilson ... Officer Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Dana Adam Shapiro 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dana Adam Shapiro  written by
Evan M. Wiener  written by

Produced by
Dash Boyer-Olson .... associate producer
Julie Christeas .... executive producer
Julie Christeas .... line producer
Tim Duff .... executive producer
Chuck Goodgal .... executive producer
Tom Heller .... producer
Jeremy L Kotin .... co-producer
Scott Lasky .... associate producer
Jeffrey V. Mandel .... producer
Randy Manis .... producer
Mason Pettit .... associate producer
Jeff Prosserman .... executive producer
Daryl Roth .... co-executive producer
Adam M. Sack .... associate producer
Dana Adam Shapiro .... producer
Gary Stein .... associate producer
Jana Stein .... associate producer
Craig T. Wood .... supervising producer
Mark Zupan .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jamie Saft 
Cinematography by
Doug Emmett 
Film Editing by
Mollie Goldstein 
Jeremy L Kotin (co-editor)
Casting by
Billy Hopkins 
Jessica Kelly 
Production Design by
Timothy Whidbee 
Art Direction by
Jeanelle Marie 
Costume Design by
Lisa Hennessy 
Makeup Department
Rebecca Hickey .... key make up & hair
Tate Steinsiek .... special makeup effects coordinator
Cynthia Vanis .... additional hair
Production Management
Amanda Platner .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Marie Dentici .... second assistant director
T.J. Federico .... first assistant director
Cory McArdle .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Brandon Tonner-Connolly .... property master
Sound Department
Paul Bercovitch .... dialogue editor
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Brandon Cruz .... boom operator
Rusty Dunn .... sound effects editor
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
Jason Friedman-Mendez .... sound mixer
Eric Gitelson .... foley recordist
Jeff Seelye .... sound editor
Joe Troia .... additional foley artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
T.J. Alston .... gaffer
Chad Battinelli .... key grip
Jac Cheairs .... steadicam operator
Jason De Jesus .... grip
Pamela de la Pena .... additional second assistant camera
David Feeney-Mosier .... additional second assistant camera
Michael Robinson Fleming .... additional second assistant camera
Bart Grieb .... electrician
David Jacobson .... first assistant camera (as Dave Jacobson)
Carole McClintock .... grip
Josh Victor Rothstein .... still photographer
Johnny Sousa .... second assistant camera
Yousheng Tang .... grip
Matt Tomko .... best boy electric
Greta Zozula .... best boy grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olivia Perez .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Todd G. Bieber .... additional editing
Stewart Griffin .... colorist
Joseph M. Lee .... on-line editor
Benjamin Schuman .... post-production assistant
Alec Styborski .... assistant editor
Isaac Urwin .... assistant editor
Eugene Yi .... associate editor
Cindy Yoon .... assistant editor
Music Department
Doug Bernheim .... music supervisor
Lindsay Marcus .... music editor
Tim Rutili .... writer: spider's house
Other crew
Elayne Blyth .... unit
Daniel Choy Boyar .... location scout
Dustin Bricker .... script supervisor
Sarah Brigman .... set production assistant: background
Aaron G. Davis .... production finance manager
Amin Fernandez .... production assistant
Diana Frame .... set production assistant: first team
Scott Friedman .... location manager
Tom Graves .... set production assistant
Caitlin Hart .... production assistant
Rocco Edward Hart .... location production assistant
Celene Lee .... set production assistant
Rebecca Lee Lerman .... location production assistant
Adam Liebman .... production accountant
Chris Massi .... production assistant
Cory McArdle .... third assistant director
Molly McMillen .... production coordinator
Jamie Richard .... office intern
Domenic Romano .... legal counsel
Benjamin Schuman .... office production assistant
Aziza Solano .... unit
Rachel Steele .... set production assistant intern
Isaac Stephen .... office production assistant intern
Jeffrey M. Weber .... set production assistant
Jay Feather .... thanks
Michael Godere .... thanks
Ana Nasser .... special thanks
Geoffrey Richman .... special thanks
Jennifer Todd .... special thanks

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USA:96 min

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Cold feet, 13 July 2011
Author: TheHrunting from United States

A photographer in Brooklyn named Theo, who normally snaps traditional wedding photos, recently started a service called "gumshoot." Participants are shot while they go about a scheduled activity of their choice while he hides in the shadows to capture something more genuine and then later gives the resulting photos in person. After about a dozen or so clients, he thinks he's got a pretty good impression of what to expect, such as an older gentleman carrying about a carefree day in the city with no scandal or malice involved. Though after getting contacted by the mysterious "Subgirl," for what's supposed to be a regular day on the tennis courts, he gets sucked into something more voyeuristic and naughty when she touches herself and only he can see it. She eludes meeting face to face and lets him choose the photos to send to an anonymous PO box, which not only builds up intrigue but places the rest of his life into a tailspin.

This essentially films the last stages of Theo (Chris Messina) just before he plans on getting married in drawn out and slow sequences. For those not familiar with such deliberately paced films, the key word is "natural": loose hand-held shots to make it more edgy, fractured dialogue that comes with enough stammering to compete with "The King's Speech," and casual humor that's so dry you could spark a brushfire. There are a few hints dropped to what it was like in the past with his fiancé Nat (Rashida Jones), though this tried to show a breakdown in only a short duration by having him question himself and lose all perspective just from his fiancé not giving him any, to the perverse new client Subgirl, as well as his two buddies--one bossed around in marriage and the other separated but happy in single life. They frequently attempt to have the camera do the talking and the main actor capture subtle emotion on his face for what he's contemplating and going through. However a proper outline of the past wasn't entirely established and the scenarios at present--despite being extensively shot--don't seem detrimental enough to sabotage what he has going for himself on a whim. It's hard to relate or reason with almost anything he's doing except to say he feels trapped and is using this as a long and fanciful way out.

"Monogamy" tried to be purely emotion as a share of Theo's motivations are based on raw feelings rather than life experiences or even logic. Eventually it makes you want slap the character up side the head because he's so catered to one side and tell him to just make a decision instead of acting like an immature 30-something adult who still uses passive aggressive behavior like a teenager. Theo starts to sulk, become erratic and sheltered from those around him. This isn't afraid to show him in a negative light, as he turns into a corner dweller, binge drinker, pot smoker, mask wearer, snooper, restroom masturbator, semi-cross dresser and in his self-destruction pushes his nice and pretty fiancé away because monogamy is terrifying and how he's behaving apparently isn't to himself but some kind of screwball way of coping till a magic solution pops up. It's ridiculous that someone who lives in a bustling city and with access to thousands upon thousands of websites that show pornographic videos and images nowadays would be so naive and sheltered that this Subgirl woman would be cause enough to throw off his entire outlook from taking snap shots of her on only the second occasion. I mean this isn't some small town yokel or even young enough to be believably impressionable like Kyle MacLachlan's character in the film "Blue Velvet." He turns into an amateur detective to find out more about Subgirl, though the movie moves at such a lethargic pacing that the final secret about how to make it work in a monogamist relationship--while dissimilar to the usual material a la "Unfaithful"--is pretty evident by the halfway mark.

There's some potential here. The gumshoot concept that involves sneaking around to naturally capture someone was an intriguing idea. Just imagine how many people's vacation photos you might accidentally be in that are probably more natural than all those posed ones. It shows that not all relationships have to go the conventional route to work. It's nice to see a movie that at least makes an attempt at growth with characters, though I'd like to think "Monogamy" could have improved with some more back-story, possibly a younger cast or a smaller setting to make it more convincing towards their behavior, or some tighter edits in other areas where nothing substantial was going on besides the camera just rolling to get lucky and stumble upon something. (Also submitted on

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