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Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)

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Hannah is a recent college graduate interning at a Chicago production company. She is crushing on two writers at work, Matt and Paul, who share an office and keep her entertained. Will a ... See full summary »

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Joe Swanberg

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Cast

Cast overview:
Greta Gerwig ... Hannah
Kent Osborne ... Matt
Andrew Bujalski ... Paul
Ry Russo-Young ... Rocco
Mark Duplass ... Mike
Todd Rohal Todd Rohal ... Brian Duges
Tipper Newton ... Minnie
Kris Swanberg ... Gaby (as Kris Williams)
Kevin Bewersdorf Kevin Bewersdorf ... Guy Who Lays Down
Ivan Albertson Ivan Albertson ... Stephen
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Hannah is a recent college graduate interning at a Chicago production company. She is crushing on two writers at work, Matt and Paul, who share an office and keep her entertained. Will a relationship with one of them disrupt the delicate balance of their friendship? Written by Joe Swanberg

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hannah Sobe as Escadas See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,901, 26 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,509, 26 October 2007
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Film Science See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Shot without a script. See more »

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References 8 ½ Women (1999) See more »

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The Only One
Written and Performed by The Ice Cream Floats
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Won't anybody push Hannah down the Elevator Shaft?
3 January 2011 | by tigerfish50See all my reviews

Being obliged to keep company with a narcissistic airhead is just as enervating in film as it is in real life. Ample proof of this can be found in "Hannah Takes The Stairs", where the annoying affectations of the film's main character and her threadbare story-line seem expressly designed to test an audience's patience. We first meet our irritating heroine picking towel fluff off her body after taking a shower with slacker boyfriend Matt, before she heads off to work at an implausibly laid-back TV production company. Hannah soon rejects Matt in favor of nerdy office colleague Paul, and they embark on a desultory love affair until she starts to fancy yet another charisma-free work-mate. This latest prospect is a pal of Paul, so Hannah feels obliged to make an unconvincing display of inner torment over her romantic dilemma - and after she finally makes a decision, the narrative arc of Hannah's 'mumble-core' odyssey is pretty much concluded.

Hannah is so self-absorbed and inarticulate that she's unable to explain her capriciousness beyond a confession of "chronic dissatisfaction" embroidered with vacuous embellishments along the lines of "like, you know . . um . . whatever". Despite the repetitive drone of the film's banal improvised dialog, the actors always appear to be 'acting' and conscious of the camera's presence, which amplifies the cast's deficiencies with its own wobbly hand-held artifice. When the TV company's manager expresses exasperation about the folly of workplace romance in the penultimate scene, it seems like a rather shallow insight after suffering 83 minutes of excruciating tedium.


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