American Animal
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Jimmy is a terminally ill young man. He is also quite eccentric, bordering on plain old crazy, and starting today he has decided that he is 'happy' and no longer sick. Jimmy's roommate James is a healthy, dreamy young man. They're best friends. They live together. They don't do much of anything and they seem very happy that way. But trouble arises when it gets revealed that James will be leaving for a new job in the morning. Jimmy, feeling betrayed, is not pleased by this development. A classic, humorous battle of wills ensues as James prepares for the real world and Jimmy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""American Animal" becomes a philosophically strident evening of speechifying local theater (topic: human evolution)."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"[An] hour and a half of pretentious mind games..."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Self-indulgent indie about a trust-fund kid who thinks he's found the answer to the human experience. Whit Stillman it's not."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"I think American Animal is an exercise in pure creativity, as in creativity in a vacuum with no consequence of narrative."
‑ Fred Topel, Screen Junkies
"It's bizarre in countless ways. It's risk-taking. It's brave. It's the work of a young filmmaker who dares to be different. It'll be interesting to see what he does next."
‑ Charles Ealy, Austin American-Statesman
"The film equivalent of being cornered at a house party by someone's coked-out friend of a friend until your ride home is ready to bounce."
‑ William Goss,
"It's best to imagine this movie as a study of three good young actors trapped in an indie film project with a yammering weirdo."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"It may be baked with the same ingredients that come in your standard mumblecore starter kit, but because of Matt D'Elia's indebtedness to other movies, the film follows a different recipe altogether."
‑ Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
"American Animal deserves to be seen, but more than that, it deserves to launch D'Elia as a filmmaker of note, and I'm curious to see where he goes from here."
‑ Drew McWeeny, HitFix
"This ending helps make American Animal a thought-provoking debut film that, though in need of further development and refinement, shows a lot of promise."
‑ Emily Kirkpatrick, Paste Magazine
"It is well-acted and features witty repartee. Look for more good things to come from this talent."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"It's hard to tell where D'Elia's own psychotic cinephilia ends and the character's begins."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"D'Elia's debut feature is, I think, a challenge worth taking. Here, it appears, is a real emerging vision, original, gutsy, and uncompromising."
‑ Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine
"The eloquent, thought-provoking dialog flows at a theatrical pace, but it doesn't feel unnatural."
‑ Jessica Baxter, Film Threat
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