An aspiring children's book author comes to a better understanding of God's will after each and every one of her prayers from past to present are suddenly answered all at once, erasing her past and altering everything in her present.
Judith is a lonely and frazzled social worker who can't resist the urge to interfere in her son Marty's life. When Marty hires his free-spirited friend to cheer up his mother, it soon turns into a serious romance that no one saw coming.
Harry, a charming house thief, gets more than he bargains for during an attempted burglary when he stumbles upon Daisy and decides to save her from herself, sending both of them into a darkly comedic journey of self discovery and love.
Story of Izzy Klein, a young woman fresh out of college as she strikes up and ruins relationships with several men, and struggles to navigate the failures of post-college adulthood, leaning on her mother and older sister for support.
Juliet, Naked is the story of Annie (the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan) and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter, Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan's musical obsession.
"The Boy Downstairs": Kickin' Common Rom-Dramedy Upstairs a Flight or Two
First things first. Any chick that rocks white overalls, Keds high tops and drinks Coors from brown stubbies has me dead to rights, man. Zosia Mamet (HBO's "Girls") does all of this and much more in the new romantic dramedy "The Boy Downstairs". She also acts her ass right straight off.
Mamet is Diana, a young aspiring writer whose not at all confident in her craft or her relationship. Enter Ben, a burgeoning musician played by Matthew Shear (TNT's "The Alienist"). Ben loves Diana, Diana loves Ben. Complications ensue, as in boy meets girl flicks they always do. Not a lot of new ground tread upon in this regard. However, it is in the mostly quiet yet compelling chemistry concocted between Mamet and Shear that we find a fresh, frank and funny take on a tale as old as the one of that original conflicted couple, Adam and Eve.
While mostly a yarn of the young 'uns, a special shout out simply must go to the nearly effortless and totally natural work of the entire ensemble of "the old guard" in "The Boy Downstairs". Veteran actress Deirdre O'Connell ("Hulu's "The Path") in particular radiates as a widower who serves both as landlord and confidante to damsel in distress Diana.
You may wanna be hip to the fact that at times some of the dialogue and dynamics come off as a bit contrived here. And Writer/Director Sophie Brooks's stylistic choice to shift scenes back and forth in time can be flat-out befuddling.
These points notwithstanding, you'll likely find yourself content to overlook such potential distraction as you focus on the fine performances of Mamet and Shear in "The Boy Downstairs". For this talented pair take us along on a most eclectic and entertaining journey through that timeless and tricky minefield we have come to know as-and still for lack of anything better to call it-love.
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