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Nate & Margaret (2012)

Nate and Margaret (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 June 2012 (USA)
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Nate is nineteen. Margaret is fifty-two. Their odd, quirky, totally working friendship gets rattled when Nate gets his first boyfriend, who drives him away from Margaret as she tries to pursue a life as a stand-up comedian.

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Nathan Adloff
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie West ... Margaret
Tyler Ross ... Nate
Conor McCahill ... James
Gaby Hoffmann ... Darla
Charles Solomon Jr. ... Gregory Maddock
Cliff Chamberlain ... Jeffrey Tomlinson
Danny Rhodes Danny Rhodes ... Matthew
Allison Latta ... Rebecca
Sadieh Rifai ... Danielle
Shawn Ryan ... Joey
John Ainsworth ... Officer Martin
Angela LaRocca ... Mary
Kathryn Cord ... Emmi (as Kathryn Hribar)
Brian Levin Brian Levin ... Brian
Kristen Toomey Kristen Toomey ... Stand-up Comedian
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Nate, a 19 year old film student, and Margaret, a 52 year old spinster, are best friends in an odd, quirky, totally working kind of way... until Nate's audacious classmate Darla sets him up on a date with James. Nate's new life shakes apart his friendship with Margaret, just as she is trying to start a career as a stand-up comedian. Written by Anonymous

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When your best friend is your only friend.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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USA

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English

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3 June 2012 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Cranium Entertainment See more »
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Diffuse, plodding and not a comedy
22 December 2012 | by Dirk DingusSee all my reviews

I'm not sure what the good folks at Netflix were thinking when categorizing this film, but it's certainly not a comedy. Nate & Margaret is a character study of the eponymous duo, and it is not funny.

Positive: The film shines in its realistic depictions of mundane social interactions. The dialogue seems unsatisfying at first, but it's actually spot-on in depicting casual exchanges (both short and overly drawn-out) as opposed to the tighter, snappier dialogue audiences are more accustomed to. Alos, Nate & Margaret's cinematography is not overly artistic, but rather impressively unintrusive. It displays restraint uncommon in a first-time director.

Negative: This movie is as funny as a $40,000 chemotherapy bill. You can tell the moments where you were supposed to laugh, but these moments feel empty and sad. It's like you're a fly on the wall of the theater during the first screening, and you can see the director's family members forcing a laugh. It leaves you wanting to pull the director aside and give him examples of real comedy (Mel Brooks, Harold Reimis, even Judd Apatow if that's how you choose to live your life).

The film is rife with musical interludes that don't serve any purpose other than maybe draw out the runtime. There are at least three continuous musical tracks at the opening, three different tracks that all sound like DVD menu screen music.

The plot or narrative arc is unclear. The audience misses out on the parts of the characters' development that would be most interesting, then it sort of ends. In between there are a lot of scenes that frankly we can't say belong or don't belong because we can't tell what the director was trying to say. Friends are good? Relationships are... a mixed bag? No clue.

Readers: save yourself an hour and eighteen minutes. Director: Keep working, man, you're going places some day. Try something more traditional before you break the rules.


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