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Elena Gallenti (Livia De Paolis) is an anthropology graduate student struggling to compete her thesis on 'modern means of communication.' All that changes when she meets her new boyfriend's (Michael Cristofer) teenage kids (Miles Chandler and Diane Guerrero), who are going through their own journeys of self-discovery. Through these relationships and the help of her PhD advisor (Carol Kane), Elena comes to a better understanding of how to navigate love and intimacy in the digital age. Ultimately they develop a bond that strikes a balance between the old world and the new, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Emoticon ;)" is stuffed with complexities. So why does it feel as facile as that irksome title?"
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"A grown-up's weird idea of how kids behave."
‑ Chris Packham, Village Voice
"In wildly disparate plot lines, Guerrero and Chandler easily command sympathy, but De Paolis doesn't let the sibling characters roam very far."
‑ Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times
"Human connections trump technology in social media drama."
‑ Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media
"Livia De Paolis's too cutely titled debut feature wears its themes a little too baldly on its sleeve, but this modest effort about a non-nuclear family dealing with various interpersonal crises boasts some genuinely effective, understated moments."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Professionally mounted and attractively lensed, this indie production is a fresh, off-the-beaten-path conceit that gets mileage from its willingness to examine notions of non-nuclear family and changing identity."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
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