New Low – Review

Posted January 25, 2010 in

New Low

Sundance Film Festival

Director: Adam Bowers

From the moment the film begins, it’s abundantly clear Wendell (writer/director Adam Bowers) is a neurotic social coward always determined to harp on the negative aspects of himself and others, especially his girlfriend. Thus, it’s no surprise when he immediately ends his current relationship due to his partner's unremitting merriment—and makes his best friend Dave (Toby Turner) awkwardly perform the deed of dumping. As the two later soak their souls at the local pub, Wendell quickly discovers an attraction for bartender Vicky (Jayme Ratzer), even despite her obnoxiously blunt observations of his thin lips, balding head and gaunt physique. After accepting his shortcomings, the two immerse themselves in a painfully negative relationship of squabbling, breakfast dumpster diving and attending art functions solely for free hors d’oeuvres and wine. It’s only matter of time before this catastrophic storm of pessimism implodes, leaving Wendell to finally pursue on long-time crush Joanna (Valerie Jones), a selfless humanitarian who’s always quick to find the good in any situation. As Wendell finds himself despising his volunteering duties and unsure of his life’s overall direction (he just wants to work as a video store clerk until Air Bud finds what sport is best suited for him), a chance encounter with the old cynical flame proposes the question of his true soul mate. Bowers clearly outshines his supportive cast as the insecure straight man, delivering one-liners with emotionless hilarity. While various moments of attempted improvisation hinder the comedic flow, the script contains enough superbly witty dialogue to carry the torch to the surprising conclusion.

–Jimmy Martin

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Screening Times:

January 23, 2010 – 6:00pm – Yarrow Hotel Theatre

January 26, 2010 – 9:45pm – Broadway Centre Cinemas V

January 28, 2010 – 12:00pm – Yarrow Hotel Theatre

January 29, 2010 – 5:30pm – Holiday Village Cinema I

January 30, 2010 – 10:00am – Holiday Village Cinema III