‘In a Relationship’ Review: Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano Tell a Painfully Relatable Story of Modern Love — Tribeca

IndieWire | 4/23/2018 | Staff
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You’ve probably seen “In a Relationship” before — ****, if you’re over 25, you’ve probably lived it. But what Sam Boyd’s tender and winning debut feature lacks in originality and ambition, it makes up for in honesty and charm.

Yet another of those movies about beautiful millennials having sex with each other while trying to sort out How We Love Now, Boyd’s film retreads familiar territory that people like Drake Doremus and the Duplass brothers might seem to have already farmed dry. A white boy with bad hair. A button-nosed girl with bad taste. A lot of navel-gazing commentary about hook-up culture, the rules of the game, and how they’ve changed for a generation in which constant connection hasn’t brought everybody closer. Some funny references. Too many synths. Even the best of these stories — even the ones that might reflect your own experience a tiny bit too well — have a way of making you wish that you’d never have to sit through one of these things again.

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Watchable at its worst and irresistible at its best, “In a Relationship” is a solid reminder of why we keep coming back for more (and of what we hope to see when we do). Based on Boyd’s 2015 short of the same name, the film begins with a very basic premise: Owen (Michael Angarano) and Hallie (Emma Roberts) are marginally employed Angelenos who’ve been dating for a long time — or at least whatever constitutes “a long time” for people in their mid-20s. Long enough that they can’t go to a party without fighting and can’t have sex without laughing. She wants to move in and start a life together; he misses the rush of something new, and the freedom to **** in his apartment. She’s done playing the field, and he still...
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