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Two film editors (Alex Karpovsky, Tarik Lowe) attempt to finish a troubled movie by a petulant director (Kevin Corrigan) while navigating the ups and downs of their relationships with unhappy girlfriends. Daniel Schechter’s modest but surprisingly deft indie doesn’t skimp on comedy as it details the protagonists’ professional and personal dilemmas, with an attention to the self-destructive contradictions that often drive people. The fictional filmmaker’s rejection of “quirkiness” ends up, ironically, being embraced by the movie itself, but even at its most sitcomish, Karpovsky and Lowe’s banter has a contentious authenticity that recognizes these industry grunts as vital and three-dimensional—no matter their nominal supporting status.

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