Hellaware (2014)

HELLAWARE gently satirizes the world of highbrow art through the eyes of a wannabe photographer who becomes consumed by the bright lights of mainstream success. Jaded by the "incestuous, New York, socialite shit" that sells at… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 26, 2014
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Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times

Bilandic does perfectly capture the laid-back style of the twentysomethings (the lead actors all do fine work) and manages to present a fresh story of callow youth caught up in their own American odyssey.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

The old story of art as a refuge for scoundrels and callow youth is amusing and updated with assorted details.

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Nick Schager
Film Journal International

New York art-world hipsters get raked over the countryside campfire coals in Hellaware, a frequently hilarious - if ultimately somewhat predictable - satire about artistic exploration and pretension.

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

[A] wry satire of millennial art-chic posturing.

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Katie Walsh
The Playlist

A very funny slice of art world satire, "Hellaware" will ring true for anyone who's encountered this kind of behavior before, and really, haven't we all?

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Sarah Winshall
Under the Radar

Despite covering some well-worn territory, Hellaware feels fresh and manages to offer the same old criticism without the same old self-seriousness.

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Joe Leydon

A micro-budget indie best described as the cinematic equivalent of a modestly amusing shaggy-dog story that meanders toward a clever punchline.

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Benjamin Mercer
AV Club

The film stays engaging as a quick-sketch study in artist-subject ethics, and how pretentious blather might easily become a form of doublespeak, a sort of theoretical smoke screen for blatantly me-first conduct.

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Oleg Ivanov
Slant Magazine

Michael M. Bilandic deftly captures the arrogance and despair of New York artists in their efforts to succeed in a decadent world that forces them to produce inherently epigonic work.

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