SXSW Film Review: Fort Tilden

Posted in Film, Reviews, SXSW
By Sam Bathe on 15 Mar 2014

After meeting a cute guy the previous evening, two Brooklyn girls arrange to get together with him and his friends the next day at Fort Tilden. With each girl vying for his affection, they decide to cycle across town to the beach, only what should be a simple bike ride turns into an all-day mission as everything that could go wrong, does.

Fort Tilden has festival film written all over it, and while I often fall in love with this sort of movie, it feels tiresome and self-entitled.

There are some funny lines but the two central characters’ faults become hugely irritating, very quickly. There are some similarities to the perpetual failings of the characters in Frances Ha, and this movie  equally fails to charm. At some point in Allie and Harper’s misadventure common sense had to prevail, but it doesn’t, and in the end the movie becomes simply ridiculous.


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