Garden Party
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Filmmaker Jason Freeland draws inspiration from the eponymous song for this tale of five lost souls attempting to navigate the treacherous urban landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. April is an ambitious beauty in search of success, but can she learn to get by and keep on her clothes at the same time? Sally St. Clair is a sexy realtor with a secret past. She's got a great eye for spotting lost souls, and thrives on giving them direction in life. One of those lost souls is Nathan, her new assistant. Nathan moved to Los Angeles from Nebraska seeking to find success as a dancer, but now… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 10%

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"Their lives eventually intersect, but in more or less arbitrary ways."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"It's a production in search of a movie."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Freeland's film offers a poor man's Los Angeles opus."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"Oddly, halfway through when Freeland strains our credulity even further, the film finally feels fresh"
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
"They're not a likeable bunch, to be sure, but the bigger problem is that there's little resonance to their stories."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Slow ride to nowhere."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"If we're meant to take these threads as a tapestry of L.A., then Freeland clearly needs to stop watching Robert Altman DVDs and go outside to see what the real world is actually like."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"This ensemble piece works if you know Los Angeles. After all, it's very possible for a homeless kid, pot-smoking Realtor, young model and a number of perverts to cross paths in that town."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"A bit like Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993), taking a look at a cross-section of Los Angeles characters, though it runs less than half the length and, conversely, half the depth."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Willa Holland is the one good thing about Garden Party -- not because of her performance (which is neither good or bad) but for that nostalgia she evoked in me for young Fairuza [Balk]."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
"A low-rent answer to Robert Altmanā(TM)s Short Cuts."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"There's neither brilliance nor bite to this look at innocence lost. Next time, go Nathanael West, young man."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Sophomore writer/director Freeland doesn't quite feel like the host of this particular "garden party," but rather like the party's Sabrina, secretly spying from the sidelines."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Cinematical
"The characters aren't interesting, and the stories toggle between tawdry and ridiculous."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"A dreary drama about a group of selfish and amoral characters whose lives intersect in Los Angeles."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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