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“Smashed” – Beer battered

Dir. James Ponsoldt
(2012, R, 85 minutes)

Smashed in some ways is similar to another film that will be released later this season: Silver Linings Playbook, which is also about the grim absurdity of disordered behavior, but this film, directed by James Ponsoldt, doesn’t have the same awkward shifts of tone, and it doesn’t resort to romantic comedy formulas.

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Michael Cera, in 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'

Dir. Edgar Wright
(2010, PG-13, 112 min)
★ ★ ½

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World would be brilliant were it not for the Attention Deficit Disorder. It’s built on a clever and frequently touching metaphor of young love as a video game, filtering the anxiety of romance through the eyes of the post-Xbox generation. Love literally is a battlefield; instead of baggage, these characters have boss battles. But the film can’t keep still. It’s a funny, sweet, dizzying, over-caffeinated whirligig of disjointed gags bumping into each other at light speed. A lot of it works. It’s intelligent about romantic growing pains. But it needs a chill pill.

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