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Movie Review: The Exploding Girl

Alternate Title: Pure Drivel

Story: I gave my Wednesday movie buddy, Sunjit, five movie choices for the day. He selected The Exploding Girl. Perhaps we were both seduced by the title word, 'Exploding.' Suffice it to say, that the only things exploding were both our tempers as we railed loudly about this celluloid piece of drivel.

Written and directed by Bradley Rust Gray, we are introduced to Ivy who has come home (to what looks to me like somewhere in Brooklyn - perhaps Fort Greene) for summer break from college. Ivy's childhood friend Al has also come home for summer break only to discover that his parents have rented out his room - so he ends up at Ivy's home. Side note: your parents renting out your room was always one of those jokes bandied about - but did it ever really happen? Back to the movie.

After only 20 minutes I turned to my movie buddy and said 'I hate this film.' He said he needed toothpicks to keep his eyes open.

Nothing happens in this film. We watch Ivy laying in her bed, staring at nothing and making phone calls to her college boyfriend who is clearly going to break up with here. We watch friend Al, whine about his non-relationships with girls. Most of the dialogue surrounds somebody asking somebody else 'Are you okay?' 'Are you sure?' Well, no one asks if we in the audience are okay. I can readily tell you - we were not okay.

Ivy is directionless and purposeless and so was this film. Aurgh. Next week I am not allowing Sunjit to pick our film.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON3cmZ8pLvc

Acting: Zoe Kazan as Ivy was boring. Mark Rendall as Al was annoying.

Trivia: Zoe Kazan a Los Angeles native and received her BA in Theater from Yale University. In the fall of 2006, she played "Sandy" opposite Cynthia Nixon in The New Group's production of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." She is the Granddaughter of controversial film director Elia Kazan.

Predilection: None

Critters: A dog and lots of homing pigeons. There was a scene that featured two pigeon chicks. I have never seen a pigeon chick.

Food: Vegetable soup, pasta.

Sex Spectrum: None

Soundtrack: Don't remember hearing music above the whining.

Opening Titles: Titles superimposed over the scene where Ivy is being driven back from college.

Theater Audience: Eight other dazed and confused audience members.

Weather: It looks like a not summer.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I was adrift much of the time.

Predictability Level: We did not care what was going to happen to any of the characters and at certain points were wishing them some harm.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Neither

Length: 88 long minutes.

LOBO HOWLS: 2 (one for each pigeon chick).