Easier With Practice (DVD)

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Easier With Practice (DVD)

Davy Mitchell (Brian Geraghty) is a writer who has yet to realize his full potential. In order to raise awareness about his latest manuscript, Davy hi...

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published 16/08/2017 | thedevilinme
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"A film that rubs you up the rigth way?"

Easier With Practice (DVD)

Easier With Practice (DVD)

Star – Brian Geraghty
Genre – Drama
Run Time – 100 minutes
Certificate – NC17
Country – US
Amazon – £4.41 DVD
Awards – 5 Wins & 1 nomination
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So who hasn’t dabbled in a bit of phone sex with someone you love or met online? Ok, one or two of you may not have but most do. You really should. Yes, it’s OK with your misses for a bit of sexy talk when you are apart but she knows you don’t have an 8 inch willy and washboard stomach and it kind of loses its effect. Hey, who doesn’t want to have those things! But the internet has opened up a whole new world of naughtiness and you can be anyone you want. But as all girls who try it, know, if the guy on the other end of the line you met on Okcupid and the like tell you they are handsome and have that 8 inch willy then you know their photo is fake and you won’t be meeting them for some serious satisfaction anyday soon, probably a 20 stone balding binman getting his kicks. Fantasy is always more forefilling than reality.

Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez has taken interest in this phenomenon and decided there is a film there to be made, the original idea cut from a magazine article in Newsweek about a man who is obsessed with phone sex. He has made that film, of course, and it’s not all bad although more about loneliness than perversion and intelligent over salaciousness.

Cast

Brian Geraghty ... Davy Mitchell
Kel O'Neill ... Sean Mitchell
Marguerite Moreau ... Samantha
Jeanette Brox ... Sarah
Jenna Gavigan ... Josie
Katie Aselton ... Nicole (as Kathryn Aselton)

Plot

Nerdy, quiet and melancholic Davy Mitchell (Brian Geraghty), in an effort to promote his unpublished novel of short stories, sets out on a road trip with his not so geeky brother Sean (Kel O'Neill) to try and flog some books after readings at various small towns across the Midwest. However, the idealism of being on the road wears off and it quickly proves to be a lonely and unfulfilling experience for Davy, and irritating for Sean, who is only onboard to meet girls, share the driving and gas and get laid.

In yet another soulless motel room, while his brother is at local bar, he gets a random phone call from a mysterious woman named Nicole. Very quickly it turns into phonesex, regardless of what this mysterious woman looks like. Davy has been lonely for a while and this seems to help as they do the deed and then more phone calls follow on the road, but the caller always refusing to give their number to him so to take control of the relationship, Davy keeping it all secret from his brother, difficult as they are sharing rooms.

The kinky calls start an intimate long distance relationship that leaves Davy happier than he has been in years. But as with all of these things, after the tour he is hoping there is more to the relationship than a voice and a phone bill and asks to meet.

Results

Liberties have to be taken in this world of social media to make this film work. Alarms bells should always ring when your internet lover doesn’t want to go on cam and reveal themselves to prove whom they are. Sometimes that maybe because they are real but don’t want the let down of rejection for the version of themselves they created or because they are not who they say they are, the latter being 90% of the time, the so-called catfish. Saying that if both parties play into the fantasy it can be extremely hot and when you have a sexy voice like me then why wouldn’t ciao girls want to! But then again if I told you it was me it would spoil the fun. So it’s not me and I would never do such a thing.

The film is lugubrious and slow to get going and nothing remotely sexy about it. It’s about loneliness and the irony that in this social media super connected world where anyone can talk to anyone; we don’t actually risk physically meeting anyone, singledom at record high in the west as we prefer a ‘Sherman Tank’ and Playstation to dressing up and going on a date knowing you are picking each other apart from the off. The internet is highly seductive in that you don’t have to confront rejection and your inferiorities in that cyber world. 300 years from now we may well just exist in virtual reality world as machines eventually do all the work.

Brian Geraghty character is a bit too sweaty and naive to convince the viewer, and a writer is the first person to question and investigate the reality of the caller, although the director’s intention maybe he doesn’t want him to as he needs that unreality he writes about to get by. Linking intelligence to loneliness is probably the more interesting aspect to this. But it does drag on and unrealistic that he would fall for someone who has never seen or asked to see on his phone or laptop. Actually meeting that person not knowing what thy look like is just not going to happen in our cynical world. If you just fall for a sexy voice then you would all fall for me.

It’s funny in places but indie stereotype in others; you could say yet another indie film jerk off. How many times in these low budget films are the protagonists always struggling writers? A folksy soundtrack and the ping of flickering neon complete the cliche. I almost enjoyed it and not a bad film in anyway but not quit the complete product I wanted. The ending is like no other and my make you cringe.

===RATINGS===


Imdb.com – 6.5/10.0 (941votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 91% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 68% critic’s approval

Special Features

-Audio Commentary-

Cast & crew chat bout the movie. Is there anything to add though?


-Video Diaries-

Cast& crew behind the scenes talk about their film and generally goof around.


-Deleted Scenes-

A few

Critics

The Guardian –‘The film is a slow-burner: a study in loneliness and alienation, whose unexpected ending and ambiguous aftermath require us to reassess all that has gone before’.

Financial Times –‘It is a cool, funny, mischievous movie, with a stand-out, even break-out, performance from Geraghty.’

Little White Lies –‘Kyle Patrick Alvarez's movie stands out as one the year's as-yet-undiscovered gems’.

Time Out –‘There's no doubting Alvarez's promise, as he weaves familiar indie elements into a film that is likeable, insightful and compelling’.

Hollywood Reporter –‘An unexpectedly stirring first feature by Kyle Patrick Alvarez about the challenges of making human connections in the weird and wired 21st century’.

The Scotsman –‘What could have been a film that exploits a potentially salacious premise for artificially comedic or edgy effect, feels instead like an honest and truthful dissection of the sometimes-strange way modern relationships can work’.

Total Film –‘Based on a men's mag article, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's debut feature is an honest, funny-sad portrayal of emotional dysfunction’.

The Mail –‘What might sound like the set-up for a particularly bawdy Judd Apatow comedy is actually a deceptively sweet tale of twenty-first century alienation’.


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  • RICHADA published 11/09/2017
    Stretching this concept into a film must have been challenging, and, in all honesty, not a subject that appeals to most as far as a film subject goes - one thing indulging in it oneself, something completely else watching a film about someone else.......R.
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Davy Mitchell (Brian Geraghty) is a writer who has yet to realize his full potential. In order to raise awareness about his latest manuscript, Davy hits the road with his younger brother Sean (Kel O'Neill) and begins performing readings for small groups across the country. One night, while sitting in a lonely hotel, Davy's phone rings unexpectedly. The voice on the other end of the line belongs to Nicole, and before long Davy and Nicole have established a unique bond despite the fact that they've never actually met face to face. The more Davy gets to know Nicole, the happier he becomes. But when the time finally comes to meet his long-distance love interest, the itinerant writer realizes that before he can truly be honest with Nicole, he must first start being honest with himself.

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