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Evan is a young man with Down Syndrome who lives with his mother in a poor, working-class town hit hard by the recent economic recession. When he unexpectedly comes into a large amount of money, Evan uses it to romantically pursue Candy, a girl from town whom he has loved since high school. Candy, now a barely-employed single mom, is facing financial debt, possible eviction, and the inability to rid herself of Russ, her abusive and volatile ex-boyfriend. In no position to turn down Evan's offers of financial support, Candy hesitantly accepts his gifts, which causes the pair to enter a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What begins as an absorbing exercise in glum atmosphere turns mild, meek, and desperate as the stakes rise."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Doesn't miss many clichés of small-town, working-class, going-nowhere life."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"It is an affecting and special film, and Justin Lerner emerges from it as a name to remember."
‑ Drew McWeeny, HitFix
"A modest, uneven example of regional American independent film. But it has tremendous heart and integrity..."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Implausibilities mount, and by the last act Lerner appears to have lost any compunction he might have had about using his protagonist to tug the audience's heartstrings."
‑ Benjamin Mercer, Village Voice
"Despite its somewhat contrived turn of events, Girlfriend manages to be genuinely endearing with beautiful cinematography and a heartfelt, raw performance by newcomer Evan Sneider"
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Emotionally manipulative and problematic..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Shooting in his hometown of Wayland, Massachusetts, Lerner has a keen sense of class and setting. And despite some narrative miscues, Sneider's performance keeps him honest."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Girlfriend is surprisingly backward not only in the story that entangles its main character, but also in its characterization of women."
‑ Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
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