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The Boy Downstairs (2017)

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A young woman is forced to reflect on her first relationship when she inadvertently moves into her ex-boyfriend's apartment building.


Sophie Brooks


Sophie Brooks
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Credited cast:
Zosia Mamet ... Diana
Matthew Shear ... Ben
Deirdre O'Connell ... Amy
Sarah Ramos ... Meg
Diana Irvine ... Gabby
Arliss Howard ... Diana's Father
Deborah Offner ... Shannon
David Wohl ... Barry
Jeff Ward ... Marcus
Theo Stockman ... Eliot
Liz Larsen ... Diana
Sabina Friedman-Seitz ... Jenny
Fabrizio Brienza ... Waiter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jaime Fernandez Jaime Fernandez ... Deliveryman
Natalie Hall ... Ivy


A young woman is forced to reflect on her first relationship when she inadvertently moves into her ex-boyfriend's apartment building.

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Her ex-lover is her new neighbor


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual material, brief strong language and drug references | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

16 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alt Kattaki Çocuk See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,995, 18 February 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,257, 25 February 2018
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If you liked the HBO series "Girls" you'll probably like this
4 November 2018 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

If you don't like "emotional journey" films about millennials you will not like this film. That probably explains the low rating. Diana (Zosia Mamet) is an aspiring writer, as in she hasn't actually published anything yet. She is moving back to New York after some time in London. She rents a spacious brownstone apartment only to find out later that the person renting the apartment downstairs is Ben - the guy she had a serious relationship with and broke up with before she went to London, saying that it was about him being trapped and shackled to her aspirations when in fact she was just afraid of stepping into that cosmic void called commitment.

What makes it interesting? Diana is not classically beautiful. In fact, objectively, she is physically plain bordering on homely. The nice thing is that this does not seem to effect her confidence, the nicer thing is this is not about an ugly duckling turning into a swan - she has the same uneven bite, stringy hair, and dark eyebrows that do not match her blonde hair at the end of the film that she had at the start. What makes it really interesting are the little things - Diana working retail at a tony "wedding store" where she gets yelled at by customers who are much richer and prettier than she is about things (colors available) over which she has no control.;Her very beautiful friend finding out that the guy to whom she is very attracted is just stashing her - she is a friend with benefits without the friendship -she is a "plate" to use red pill language; Ben's live in girlfriend thinking that every chance encounter is Diana obsessing over Ben , and maybe she is obsessing, but most of the time Diana really is just raking leaves or returning a misdelivered package.

The weird stuff? In what universe do 20 somethings who are aspiring writers and musicians get to live in upscale Manhattan brownstones while working for minor duckets at a retail job? Celebrities live in those kinds of places! But then that would make the film about battling bedbugs and detract from the emotional turmoil. Oh, and it's also weird to have a landlady with whom you have no history, who is 30 years older than you, suddenly want to become besties. Maybe in Nebraska, but not in New York.

One more thing - something that confused me at first, but is actually a feature of the film. It goes back and forth between Diana's present and her past relationship with Ben. If you don't get that you'll think Ben is cheating on his girlfriend with Diana one minute and acting ambivalent towards Diana the next. He is not.

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