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The Business of Fancydancing
Shot on digital video and taking its title from his 1992 book of poetry, Sherman Alexie's The Business of Fancydancing is a portrait of the conflicted relationship between two Native American men. Aristotle Joseph (Gene Tagaban) and Seymour Polatkin (Evan Adams) had long been best friends by the time they left their Spokane reservation to attend college in Seattle. But while Seymour flourished in Seattle as a gay writer, Aristotle endured nothing but bad luck that led to growing resentment, both against white society and his best friend. Although Aristotle returned to the reservation,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Feels a bit like a racy after-school special."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"Alexie's relatively novel take on the quintessentially American story of being stranded between cultures is compelling."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"...laudable, if occasionally muddled and overlong..."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"This string of fragmented scenes often feels trite and polemical."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Parts are nice, but it lacks an overall cohesiveness. The Interviewer segments don't work on any level."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Where it goes wrong is in the combination of poetic sensibilities and run-of-the-mill narrative cinema."
‑ David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter
"Pretentious when it should be penetrating, spasmodic when it means to be lyrical."
‑ Megan Turner, New York Post
"This film makes it abundantly clear what happens to those who leave whatever culture they are part of, whether it be an ethnic group, a sexual group or an educational sphere."
‑ Doug Brunell, Film Threat
"It won't be the smoothest ride you'll ever take on the cinematic reservation, but those who have traveled the washboards will understand that this film is the 'real deal.'"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Contains many haunting moments and some striking shards of dialogue, but overall it's an uneven, often pretentious effort."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"It bristles with a passion and intelligence too intense to allow the film's style to seem pretentious."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"An often affecting, low-budget melodrama that is occasionally sabotaged by its economy of means."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"An admirable DIY production, but [one] whose stylistic overreaches and poor execution drown out its aims and substance. Also, it's just pretty damn boring at times."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"A blazing performance by Evan Adams."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"A highly personal meditation on the choices we make that define our identity."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
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