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Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989)

R | | Comedy | 8 December 1989 (USA)
Ira is a nervous playwright waiting and hoping to succeed with his art, which he takes it very seriously. But following his dreams and ambitions isn't something easy to do, specially when ... See full summary »

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Todd Solondz

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Credited cast:
Todd Solondz ... Ira Ellis
Max Cantor Max Cantor ... Jack
Alexandra Gersten Alexandra Gersten ... Janice
Jane Hamper Jane Hamper ... Junk
Stanley Tucci ... Donny
Jill Wisoff ... Sharon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J.J. Barry ... Sam
Anne De Salvo ... Sylvia
John Ellison John Ellison
Kathleen Gati
Dhonna Harris Goodale ... Depressed Subway Rider
Alison Gordy Alison Gordy ... Kim
Eric Gutierrez ... Son, Play #1
Cathy Haase ... Resturant manager
Helen Hanft ... Roz
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Ira is a nervous playwright waiting and hoping to succeed with his art, which he takes it very seriously. But following his dreams and ambitions isn't something easy to do, specially when he has to consider the points of view his family, his artist friends and his girlfriend will provide to him whenever he exposes his incomprehensible works of art. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Country:

USA

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English

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8 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,212, 10 December 1989

Gross USA:

$47,148

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,148
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Color
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First feature film directed by Todd Solondz. See more »

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Junk: I don't *do* junk... I *am* Junk.
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References The V.I.P.s (1963) See more »

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Ride Of The Valkyries
By Richard Wagner
Arranged by Charlotte Georg (as Lee Ashley)
Publisher Software Music, BMI
Capitol Production Music/Idle Georg
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Exploration of the boundaries of honesty/truth
4 November 2003 | by gorgeawaySee all my reviews

This is Todd Solondz' first big movie before he did `Welcome to the Dollhouse.' There are definitely some scenes, where I'm laughing when I know I shouldn't be, that remind me of `Happiness,' and `Welcome to the Dollhouse.' Other scenes are so much like Woody Allen's `Annie Hall,' it is unmistakable. The main character, Ira, is played by Todd Solondz himself. He's a fearful, nervous playwright hoping to make some real art. Looking for advice, he asks friends to read his play. Not that it would be a bad idea, you know, getting a little input from friends to help along the process, but these are the wrong people to be trusting with that type of decision. Ira is afraid of being considered a bad writer, and his friends are afraid of being honest with him. Jack's character is a great example of a guy who uses words to take the easy way out, pretending his life isn't what it really is.a lie! He sums up his success saying an art critic, Sheila, thinks he is the next Matisse. It turns out that Sheila, played by Anne De Salvo, is one of my favourite characters. When she comes over to check out Jack's art, she says, `I hate to have to be honest with you, but your art is so cliché.' He just wants to be in the Whitney Bi-Annual so he sleeps with her to try and gain her help in being chosen. But even that doesn't work! It made me laugh so hard. Jack is such a loser. Stanley Tucci plays a great, funny role as Donnie. He's always got a different woman with him, and brags about his money when he is around Ira. He's that kind of guy from high school that always succeeds, who has everything, when you know he's not a cool guy and he doesn't deserve it. There are many hints of Solondz' later movies in `Fear, Anxiety and Depression.' It's a funny movie that I would definitely watch again. Some people think it is too similar to a Woody Allen movie to be taken seriously. I think it's awesome because it is close to being an Allen movie, but it is much more honest and dark than Allen ever achieved on film. There are some great explorations of the boundaries of honesty. How sometimes people lie, or withhold information, to make others feel good about themselves, or to take advantage of others. On some level, it probably comes across as another love story comedy, but the script is very thoughtful and intellectual, more than any typical movie.


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