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By Marina Gordon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Talky romantic drama is a college kegger with heart.

Movie R 2020 101 minutes
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This SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Narrative is a realistic, often wrenching glimpse at both the mundane and momentous parts of college life. For a time that's considered life-altering, the college years are often depicted simplistically in movies -- either as endless frat parties (Animal House) or as unlikely launchpads (Legally Blonde). S--thouse's slow pace takes viewers on the familiar journey of discovering someone's layers through lots of time and lots of talk. Yes, Alex and Melissa drink and have sex, but primarily they talk -- about his loneliness, their families, and death.

S--thouse feels like a Duplass brothers movie, which is no accident: Raiff cajoled Jay Duplass (who's made many acclaimed talky movies with his brother, Mark) to advise on the film's production. The result is a directorial debut that shows the often aching loneliness and pull of home that can slap a first-year student awake from the dream of college life as it's depicted in movies, brochures, and hazy memories. Though the resolution of Alex's issues may feel too pat (pulling yourself out from a depression isn't often accomplished in a weekend), the relationships ring recognizable and true.

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