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Listen Up Philip (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 21 October 2014 (USA)
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Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his ... See full summary »

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Alex Ross Perry

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Alex Ross Perry
2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Schwartzman ... Philip Lewis Friedman
Elisabeth Moss ... Ashley Kane
Krysten Ritter ... Melanie Zimmerman
Joséphine de La Baume ... Yvette Dussart
Jonathan Pryce ... Ike Zimmerman
Jess Weixler ... Holly Kane
Dree Hemingway ... Emily
Keith Poulson ... Josh Fawn
Kate Lyn Sheil ... Nancy
Yusef Bulos ... Norm
Maïté Alina ... Clare (as Mäité Alina)
Daniel London ... Seth
Samantha Jacober ... Mona
Lee Wilkof ... Uncle Jonathan
Joanne Tucker ... Eve
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Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip's idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself. Written by Production

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA | Greece

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English | French

Release Date:

21 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Analizando a Philip See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,284, 17 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$137,600, 31 October 2014
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Alex Ross Perry previously worked with actors Jess Weixler, Keith Poulson and Kate Lyn Sheil on the film 'Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012)' See more »

Quotes

Ike Zimmerman: Don't make yourself any more miserable than you need to be. Leave that to the women you love.
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References Cybornetics (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I Hear a Symphony
Performed by Diana Ross & The Supremes
Written by Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr), Lamont Dozier, & Brian Holland
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Courtesy of Motown Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Two Snobs Exchanging Advice. ♦ 34%
10 December 2014 | by TejasNairSee all my reviews

Electronically speaking, consider this film as a faulty, analogous low pass filter which should ideally pass all lower frequencies in a system and attenuate everything above a specific cut-off point, but in actuality doesn't attenuate any. The filter here is the central character Philip (Jason Schwartzman), the low frequencies are the witty dialogs, humor, Elisabeth Moss, & creative writing niceties, while the higher frequencies (which should have been done away with) are the blown-off storyline, shaky camera work, pretentious drama, & half-baked supporting characters.

Telling a story of a two-book old grim writer, the film takes you on an incessant expedition with him while he follows his path to find wisdom & peace, yet produces ounces of snobbery wherever he goes. He is then mentored by another snob (played well by Pryce) who is a pretentious writer reminding us of Shaw or Hemingway, in ways. In the end, they advice each other so abundantly that without having pressed the button, they self-destruct. Amateur director Alex Perry uses cliché to perhaps celebrate his rookieness. It is evident from the first scene that he is a good writer of dialogs, which remains the best compared to any of the films I have seen in months. But, it is in the second half that you realize that the story doesn't move an inch forward with only dialogs as its fuel. It requires substance, and that is what the film lacks.

BOTTOM LINE: Alex Perry's fourth feature is a cloudy attempt at a story that fictionalizes the last thing that should be fictionalized, which is "writerhood." (for lack of a better word). Pleasure yourself with those conversations, for they are amazingly quotable.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES


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