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Listen Up Philip (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 21 October 2014 (USA)
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Listen Up Philip is a movie starring Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, and Jonathan Pryce. 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Philip Lewis Friedman
... Ashley Kane
... Melanie Zimmerman
... Yvette Dussart
... Ike Zimmerman
... Holly Kane
... Emily
... Josh Fawn
... Nancy
... Norm
... Clare (as Mäité Alina)
... Seth
... Mona
... Uncle Jonathan
... Eve


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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Release Date:

21 October 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Analizando a Philip  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,284, 17 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$137,600, 31 October 2014
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1.85 : 1
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The character Ike is inspired by the author Philip Roth. See more »


Ike Zimmerman: You are selfish and unsentimental. Everyone knows this about you.
Philip Lewis Friedman: You say that like it's a bad thing.
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References Blackfish (2013) See more »


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Written & performed by Preston Spurlock
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Mildly interesting film seriously marred by camera work
24 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

I found this film to be barely watchable at best but not necessarily because I thought it uninteresting or the principal character hopelessly insufferable. Someone should tell Alex Ross Perry that jerky, hand-held cinematography hasn't been considered to be cutting edge or revolutionary since directors such as Godard and Rossellini used it back in the 1950's and 60's (and Mr. Perry--you are no Godard or Rossellini). Woody Allen tried it once 22 years ago with "Husband's and Wives" and has not used it again in the many films he has made since then . All "Listen Up Philip" did for me while I was watching it was make me dizzy and nauseous. This I assume was supposed to be a serious, feature film and intimate character study about two writers---not a documentary or a big action film or a reality TV show in which hand held photography might be appropriate. Camera work which calls attention to itself in such an obvious, annoying way greatly distracts from the story and the characters (not to mention--in this case--making me physically ill).

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