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Easier with Practice
A writer traveling to promote his unpublished novel enters into a bizarre phone relationship with a mysterious woman in this cellular love story based on Davey Rothbart's autobiographical GQ article of the same name. Davy Mitchell (Brian Geraghty) is a writer who has yet to realize his full potential. In order to raise awareness about his latest manuscript, Davy hits the road with his younger brother Sean (Kel O'Neill) and begins performing readings for small groups across the country. One night, while sitting in a lonely hotel, Davy's phone rings unexpectedly. The voice on the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's no doubting Alvarez's promise, as he weaves familiar indie elements into a film that is likeable, insightful and compelling."
‑ , Time Out
"Geraghty relies too heavily on facial expressions and mannerisms, but those who appreciate visible effort may be seduced."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"...an erratic yet rewarding little indie."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The film is a slow-burner: a study in loneliness and alienation, whose unexpected ending and ambiguous aftermath require us to reassess all that has gone before."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"An engaging and moving tale."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Radio Times
"An unexpectedly stirring first feature by Kyle Patrick Alvarez about the challenges of making human connections in the weird and wired 21st century."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Easier With Practice reveals the sense of loneliness and isolation that permeates modern life and the lure of fantasy in filling its emptiness."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"What could have been a film that exploits a potentially salacious premise for artificially comedic or edgy effect, feels instead like an honest and truthful dissection of the sometimes-strange way modern relationships can work."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"It is a cool, funny, mischievous movie, with a stand-out, even break-out, performance from Geraghty..."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Excellent American indie that tugs hard on the heartstrings."
‑ Philip Wilding, Empire Magazine
"Amusingly predicated on the romantic possibilities of phone sex, Easier With Practice pushes past its titillating premise to become a quietly provocative love story about emotionally stunted manhood and the risks some guys will take to connect."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Geraghty's wounded-pup appeal keeps the movie alive even as it heads for a dreary, even-more-implausible-than-the-setup third act. Writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, though, usually finds the right tone and appears to have a promising future."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Based on a men's mag article, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's debut feature is an honest, funny-sad portrayal of emotional dysfunction."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Kyle Patrick Alvarez's movie stands out as one the year's as-yet-undiscovered gems."
‑ Lee Griffiths, Little White Lies
"What might sound like the set-up for a particularly bawdy Judd Apatow comedy is actually a deceptively sweet tale of twenty-first century alienation."
‑ Jamie Dunn, The Skinny
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