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Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989)

R | | Comedy | 8 December 1989 (USA)
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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Todd Solondz

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Cast

Credited cast:
Todd Solondz ... Ira Ellis
Max Cantor Max Cantor ... Jack
Alexandra Gersten Alexandra Gersten ... Janice
Jane Hamper Jane Hamper ... Junk
Stanley Tucci ... Donny
Jill Wisoff ... Sharon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J.J. Barry ... Sam
Anne De Salvo ... Sylvia
John Ellison John Ellison
Kathleen Gati
Dhonna Harris Goodale ... Depressed Subway Rider
Alison Gordy Alison Gordy ... Kim
Eric Gutierrez ... Son, Play #1
Cathy Haase ... Resturant manager
Helen Hanft ... Roz
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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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English

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8 December 1989 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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Color
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First feature film directed by Todd Solondz. See more »

Quotes

Junk: I don't *do* junk... I *am* Junk.
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References The V.I.P.s (1963) See more »

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How Far Will I Go
Written by Larry Treadwell, Guy Roche, Elizabeth Vidal
Published by Criterion Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Criterion
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Todd Solondz's stepchild debut -- better than you'd think
16 October 1998 | by NeelyOSee all my reviews

While everyone seems to be pretending that writer/director Todd Solondz made his debut with "Welcome to the Dollhouse," his first effort was actually this comic look at NYC's underground art scene. (In his defense, Solondz did not have final cut, and he was not pleased with the results, so he has at least some justifiable motivation for trying to re-write history -- this film is not listed in his bio in the "Happiness" press kit, and I suspect many critics don't know it exists.)

So, how is it? Uneven, yes, but possessed of a biting wit (nowhere near as trenchant as it would get in Solondz's later, better films). Solondz also stars in the film, cutting an unusual but nonetheless memorable figure as Ira, an unsuccessful playwright who keeps hoping that Samuel Beckett will reply to his invitation for a collaboration.

"Fear, Anxiety and Depression" isn't for everyone, but if you find the title appealing, its sense of humor may tickle you as well. The Samuel Goldwyn Company (barely) released the film in 89/90, and you can still find it on video. Warning: Solondz's bizarre and funny love song "A Neat Kind of Guy" will get stuck in your head for DECADES.


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