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Nov 09 2015

AFI Fest: James White

Kieran,here reporting from AFI Fest in Hollywood.

James White (played by Christopher Abbott) is a 21-year-old whose life is in a kind of disarray that's sometimes indistinguishable,at least from the outset,from typical millenial aimlessness.He spends his evenings binge drinking,getting high and instigating bar fights all while harboring vague notions of becoming a writer.His estranged father has recently passed away and he sleeps on the sofa of his ailing mother,insisting that he's only there to take care of her.There's a lot in that plot description to suggest something trite and indie-by-numbers.My own antennae were up for yet another indie about a disaffected,yet ambiguously wealthy young white man.Thankfully,writer-director Josh Mond's directorial debut (he was previously a producer onMartha Marcy May Marlenewhose director,Sean Durkin is a producer here) opts for something more specific and lived-in here.

The film's saving grace,at least on the script level,is that it manages to be kind to its lead character without co-signing his worldview or behavior.Yes,James is "a mess"as a family friend played by Ron Livingston tells him during a job interview that's going terribly in every possible way.[More...]

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