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  Rated NR · 90 minutes · 2015

Drama, Romance
So, Jake Hoffman has great taste in music; maybe he can make that work for him, since this “making movies” thing may not be so much his forte. His wildly episodic story deals with a New York City heroin addict named Gus (Benedict Samuel) who impulsively steals a Rolls Royce, then just as impulsively offers a local girl he’s been crushing on, Ruby (Krysten Ritter), a ride to a party in Connecticut. For a while it’s an indie road-trip romance, one where it’s hard to take seriously a woman who willingly has unprotected sex with an intravenous drug user. And then it turns into an almost random selection of scenes at the hippie/hipster house party, with an unrecognizable Goran Visnjic under dreadlocks as a yoga guru, and Nick Nolte voicing the werewolf Gus sees in his hallucinations. The insufferable lack of momentum, or any sort of point to it all, is at least occasionally mitigated by a soundtrack featuring great tunes by Parquet Courts, So So Glos, The Kills and more. Too bad the music has to stop for anyone on screen to talk.


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Director: Jake Hoffman
Producer: Tracey Baird, Jake Hoffman, Missy Papageorge and Krysia Plonka
Cast: Benedict Samuel, Krysten Ritter, Nick Nolte, Goran Visnjic, Dov Tiefenbach, Rene Ricard, Gillian Zinser, Carlen Altman and Annabelle Dexter-Jones

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