The Young Girl and the Monsoon
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The Young Girl and the Monsoon
Actor and author of the well-regarded book Screenwriting from the Heart, James Ryan makes his directorial debut with this character-driven romantic comedy. The film focuses on respected photojournalist and divorced father Hank (Terry Kinney), who has a proclivity toward covering remote and dangerous trouble spots, much to the irritation of his 13-year-old daughter Constance (Ellen Muth). At the same time, something seems to be gnawing at Hank. On the homefront, he is reluctant to commit to his beautiful 26-year-old girlfriend Erin (Mili Avital), while at work, he is equally hesitant to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Kinney is solid, as usual, but it is young Muth who gobbles up the screen."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"The strength of the film lies in Ryan's ability to make us care about all of his characters and to make them highly credible and specific."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"An intelligent, personal drama."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"It's clear that writer-director James Ryan views his characters through a highly self-indulgent lens."
‑ Frank Lovece, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Ryan hits and misses, but when he's on, he shows an insight for how people reveal themselves subconsciously in the quick of the moment."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp,
"This scattershot little movie doesn't have nearly enough going on in it."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"One's admiration for the filmmaker's familial concerns offsets many of its shortcomings."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Actors move as though they were confined to a small space, hindering their expressive ability."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"It's incessantly verbose, so stuffed with explanation and exposition it's as if Ryan finds the idea of even the most basic visual expression unwarranted."
‑ Jordan Reed, Boxoffice Magazine
"A story that isn't as yawn-worthy as it is wholly unconvincing, both as a premise and a recognizable representation of something real and tangible."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"A fine example of how a character-based story can be so compelling you don't miss the frills."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"Crackles dangerously to life whenever Constance (who narrates the film) is on the screen with her father Hank."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"One of the most engaging American indies so far this year."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Writer and director James Ryan invests this touching drama with emotional power and deft psychological nuances."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Obviously the work of a playwright, this is not at all cinematic."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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