Monday, May 30, 2011

Crashing: Movie Review


A well written film about writing; not a comedy but it is funny.

An example of mis-marketing just to make it seem more appealing to the popular audience, but completely misses the point of what makes "Crashing" so good. This is not a comedy about the sexual misadventures of a middle-aged man and two sexy co-eds. This is a funny, smart, well written film about writing.
2007

Directed by: Gary Walkow

Screenplay by: Gary Walkow

Starring: Campbell Scott, Lizzy Caplan and Izabella Miko

The art of writing, the love of writing, the craziness of writing, or the fantasies of writing are all that you can say this is about. A once successful writer is now mired in a personal downward spiral, but finds himself crashing on the couch of two sexy college students. They want him to guide them in their own writing, and he wants to use them to inspire him back to great writing. And here is where we get into semantics. Is he using them to get into their pants? Is he using them to steal their ideas? Or is he merely using the idea of them? And is that "using" them?

Depending on how you view this film, he could be doing any or all of the above. Some of his actions are a little immoral, but he really is doing it all for the writing. Which we get a lot of advice on. It takes an awfully ambitious writer to write a movie about writing, and for the most part, I think they succeeded with "Crashing".

A film which is primarily shot in one location with three actors, a lot of the action occurs in his head. But this is well enough written that that works. Because the sexual tension, that is real. And funny. And clever. And "over-intellectualized". Did I mention this was a film about writing by writers for writers?


Recommended:

The Blue Tooth Virgin (2008) - Screenwriters trying to give and accept constructive criticism in a funny and insightful way.

Howl (2011) - The words, the animation and the people behind the poem "Howl".

Wonder Boys (2000) - A collection of great characters and their hilarious demands on an English professor.