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The Exploding Girl (2009)

Unrated | | Drama | 6 May 2010 (Germany)
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On a summer break from college, a young epileptic woman struggles to balance her feelings for her fledgling boyfriend while her friend Al crashes with her for the season.

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Bradley Rust Gray
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Kazan ... Ivy
Mark Rendall ... Al
Maryann Urbano Maryann Urbano ... Mom
Hunter Canning ... Cary
Margot Ruth Tenenbaum Margot Ruth Tenenbaum ... Cousin
Genevieve T. Eisner Genevieve T. Eisner ... Baby
Nichael Alexander Eisner Nichael Alexander Eisner ... Cousin's Husband (as Michael Alexander Eisner)
Caseyarnoux Charlot Caseyarnoux Charlot ... Doctor
Franklin Pipp Franklin Pipp ... Greg
Kay Goldberg Kay Goldberg ... Jennifer
Buddy Love Buddy Love ... Three-Legged Dog
Caroline Elaine Caroline Elaine ... Dog Owner
Steve Arriaga Steve Arriaga ... Dance Student (as Steve Arriaga)
Belinda Atchinson Belinda Atchinson ... Dance Student
Jordan Scovel ... Dance Student (as Jordan Boughrum)
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On a summer break from college, a young epileptic woman struggles to balance her feelings for her fledgling boyfriend while her friend Al crashes with her for the season.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2010 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La chica explosiva See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,910, 5 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,705, 18 April 2010
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The title of the film is a play on a song (The Exploding Boy) which was on the b-side of the single "In Between Days" by The Cure. "In Between Days" had been used by the director and his wife as a title to a previous movie and so they decided to adapt "The Exploding Boy" to The Exploding Girl for the purpose of this film (as explained by the director himself on 14th Nov 2009 at the 50th International Film Festival of Thessaloníki, Greece). See more »

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References Zoo (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Punch Fucking Drunk Fuck and the Fucking Goat
From the album 'Roughness and Toughness'
Written and Performed by Graveslime
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Sincere and quietly beautiful

Zoe Kazan's performance in The Exploding Girl was nuanced and heartfelt, but unfortunately diluted by her extensive screen time. The film spent ENTIRELY too much time lingering on Ivy staring contemplatively into the distance (an indulgence that plagues many indie films). For me, this was the only major flaw, and I felt that the movie overcame it. The cinematography was otherwise really beautiful, looking at the world in ways we don't usually think to look at it. The characters were real people, if not fully developed. They provided an honest look into the lives of modern young adults, whose relationships are sustained but also often trivialized by technology, like Ivy's ever-present cell phone.

This film is subtle, sincere and complex, and I'd recommend it if you're willing to sit through slow-moving scenes and lengthy shots of self-consciously thoughtful Ivy. If nothing else, the last minute of the film is a miraculous moment that absolves all its prior sins.


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