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Growing Up and Other Lies

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Clever setup, but mature friendship comedy is formulaic.

Movie NR 2015 90 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Like a mediocre day that you've forgotten.

The movie is OK. Don't get me wrong, it has potential, but roughly only 30% of it it is worth anything. It's a great concept but about 20 minutes into the film the subway derails. One question: why would you skip from Hell's Kitchen directly to Gramercy Park? Time Square too cliché? Have an issue with Chelsea? It's a shame, I had so much hope in this film. If you took all the good parts that are scattered throughout, and edited them into a 20 minute film, it would be great. But alas…

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The walkabout premise is clever, especially in such a walkable, cinematic city as New York. So just for giving viewers a tour of some NYC gems (and not always the obvious ones -- shout out to Koronet Pizza in Morningside Heights!), GROWING UP AND OTHER LIES deserves some kudos. It's also a delight to hear the men talk; it's as if we're eavesdropping on real conversations that sometimes have no point or no closure.

But while the four leads share some rapport with each other (especially Brody and Jacobs), and their struggles are somewhat relatable (save for Lawson's failing artist bit, which smacks of cliche), the rest of the film doesn't impress. A pit-stop at the home of an ex-girlfriend (Amber Tamblyn) yields some interesting moments, but it also adds to the confusion: What is the movie saying? That life is confusing and no one knows how to be a grown-up? Say something we haven't heard before, why don't you?

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