the AV Club (who I would kill puppies to write for) made a good point: if Radnor weren't an established TV actor on a popular series, this movie probably wouldn't have gotten past the screenplay stage.
Why? Because it is full of Indie Movie Cliches.
And because I am a sucker for Indie Movie Cliches, roll my eyes at them as I am buying my ticket to whatever twee attempt at capturing the Stuff White People Like experience, I began to wonder.
What would my life be like if I existed in an indie movie?
1. I would have long hair. With bangs. Unless I was the manic and/or perpetually horny and/or E-popping club-hopping friend/foil of the male protagonist. Then I could keep my short hair.
2. I would either play the guitar or have a charming yet sultry singing voice, which would only be used for folk songs, ironic covers of 80's hits, or Kander & Ebb showtunes that outline my life's overarching themes or the lesson I am supposed to learn that day.
3. Speaking of music, I would have a ton of it. Whenever I had sex, created something meaningful, saw someone on the street who would eventually play a huge part in my life, came to a major decision, or just sat and pondered my life, there would be gentle guitars and gravelly male tunefulness or uber-feminine warbling right on cue.
4. Jeff Daniels would be my dad. Or my sad sack love interest. Either way, Jeff Daniels would be involved.
5. If my love interest weren't Jeff Daniels, he would be a mopey, vest-wearing, Smiths-loving gent with a quirky day job that still stifles his natural artistic instincts to pen navel-gazing prose, draw loser-turned-superhero comics or design arty buildings. OR he would be a nerdy stalker who takes photos without my knowledge which he later shows to me to prove how beautiful I don't know I am, and instead of calling the police for a Temporary Restraining Order, I am totally charmed.
6. I wouldn't have any gay male friends. I would, however, know a lesbian or two who wanted to adopt or get turkey bastered.
7. If there were any children in my orbit, they would draw meaningful pictures and spout innocent wisdom causing me to question my values and possibly get pregnant.
8. I would--only once--get drunk and sleep with my ex, and feel quietly empty and regretful the next day. And possibly get pregnant.
9. My apartment building would have a stoop to sit on with my friends while we drank bottled beer and wondered "where is my home?" That's more than an Indie Movie Cliche. That is an Indie Movie Law.
10. As a woman, I would only exist as the sarcastibitch sister who swears a lot, the friend/foil who listens supportively between E-popping and club-hopping, or the long-haired pixie musician who captivates the whiny manboy protagonist simply by making eye contact with him on the sidewalk while sporting an Anthropologie sundress. If I were one of the first two, I might get a subplot where I acquire a nerdy stalker or impregnate myself via ex or turkey baster.
Hey, I love indie movies. If I didn't, I wouldn't be familiar with all these cliches. However, just FOR ONCE can there be an indie movie with a smart, funny young female protagonist? With someone who has a corporate job and is happy about it? With gay characters who are real people?
I know they're all out there, but there are not enough.
Script Frenzy is coming up. I don't know shit from apple butter about writing a screenplay, but I'm a little tempted to give it a shot.