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Review: How I Killed Mumblecore

The answer: from within
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 1, 2010
2.0 2.0 Stars

 

The probably after-the-fact title holds some truth — this Chicago indie film destroys the "mumblecore" film movement by repeating what has been done to death in a dozen similar films. That is, post-collegiate characters working dead-end office jobs ignore the world at large while obsessing, via barely articulated improvs, about their maddeningly miniature love problems.

Here, Devin (Cassandra Bissell) convinces herself that her boyfriend, Benjamin (Brandon Hutchinson), has a crush on her office friend Emily (Gizelle Alverio).

For much of the movie, who cares? But somewhere in the second half, the film kicks in, the actors gain conviction, and the tiny story begins to work. In any case, Brandon Hutchinson — who wrote, directed, acted, and, maybe best, edited — is a talent to watch.

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