A fine sense of yuppie suffocation—Spin-class listlessness and workaholic disconnection—sets up this indie as a potential suburban satire: Kate (Julie Fain Lawrence), a lawyer, is rarely present at home, while her life partner, Abby (Robin Weigert), begins to tire of picking beige tiles for a Manhattan loft she plans to flip. Thank goodness for subcontractors who dabble in pimpery. Soon, Abby is using her remodeled remove as a home base for same-sex assignations, under the nom de boudoir “Eleanor.”
Deadwood’s Weigert is never less than fascinating, opening up to chunky college students, mysterious power lunchers and one svelte gal she knows from her other life (Maggie Siff). But the ambitions of writer-director Stacie Passon’s plot feel too tame, revving up to a scene of shame rather than radical revision. The Kids Are All Right pushed similar material to more affecting ends.
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