A consistently intelligent (or at least bright), coherently constructed comedy that is on occasion a rather pointed critique of the American education system in the…
We all know someone like Andrew, with his intense vagueness. It’s important for him to convey to you that he has something important to tell you. The precise nature of that always seems to reside in his next unspoken sentence. He’s like a fortune teller, trying to get you to reveal what you want to hear him say.
Andrew, the hero of Ramin Serry’s "Loveless," is a mid-30s office worker in Manhattan, who tirelessly drinks and tries to pick up women, and has a low-key cluelessness that some women find attractive. Besides, anyone this unskilled at claiming he’s looking for an actress for his new movie might possibly be telling the truth. Andrew is played by Andrew von Urtz in his movie debut, and is played so easily and convincingly that you not only believe such a person might exist, but that you are probably looking at him.
Half-drunk, he tries out the actress routine on Ava (Genevieve Hudson-Price), who he meets in a bar. She stalks out to go to a party, he follows her and finds himself at her brother’s birthday party. Her brother, Ricky (Scott Cohen), has many other brothers (I counted three), and they all worship the memory of their dead father. Indeed, Ava and Ricky believe they talk to him and receive daily guidance.
Andrew finds himself at another party, this one given by friends, where he meets his ex-girlfriend, Joanna (Cindy Chastain). That isn’t surprising, because Andrew is the kind of man whose friends would possibly rather stay in touch with his ex-girlfriend than with him. Not that he’s obnoxious. It’s more that he’s perfectly nice, but wearying. He and Joanna start up again, sort of, and meanwhile, Ava’s brothers decide to finance Andrew’s movie, Ava smothers him in lust, Joanna meets her, and Andrew, who would possibly like to be left in peace to drink, finds himself loveless but not lover-less.
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A look at John Sayles' brilliant "The Brother From Another Planet."