Blitz in a Highball

Posted in Movies by NAN on 2009/05/04

If Mexico has Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro, and Alejandro González Iñárritu, there’s Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson (right), and Noah Baumbach (left) in America. I love all these guys, in no particular order and not favoring one over the other trinity, and I hope I could watch all of their movies one day. I happily mentioned coz I crossed out Baumbach’s Highball (1997) from that watchlist over the Lenten break.

A couple is once hosting a party to show off their new digs (also, haybol), so they end up inviting everyone, and everyone usually don’t like everybody else. The party turns out to be a disaster. They split some months later, but everyone’s still invited to Halloween and, later, to a New Year’s party in the same house. Of course, you know the same disastrous ends, but there’s nothing tragic about it. I like it coz it doesn’t need a major twist. Some changes here and there and the stage is set differently. And it may not be the most exciting movie for those accustomed to romantic comedies, it bears the authenticity of its characters.

It doesn’t strive to be grand or miserable. It’s as normal as its city-dwelling twentysomethings not exactly knowing what to do with their lives except everyone’s a little smarter than usual to engage in continuous witty conversations. If you’re somewhere around this demographic–moving in with your partner, brewing your own beer, working in a record studio/store, funding your third world scholar, etc.–this will be a hit. And if you’re wondering what these two lizards below are about, no, I won’t spoil it for you. It may look apparently low-budget and it’s supposedly shot in less than a week, but that doesn’t faze good writing.


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