SXSW Film Review: Quitters

Posted in Film, Reviews, SXSW
By Sam Bathe on 17 Mar 2015

With his life falling apart at home, Clark (Konigsberg) goes in search of a better one in Noah Pritzker’s Woody Allen-inspired drama-comedy, Quitters. Staying with a friend then his new girlfriend (or at least on her family’s living room couch) then his teacher’s place, Clark will go anywhere to avoid his Dad while his Mother is away at rehab.

Ben Konigsberg gives an interesting performance as a boy beyond his years but Quitters struggles to really step out of the ordinary. With some well-written dialogue, the film is pleasantly conversational, if oddly passive.

There is obvious talent in the storytelling but at times the reserved style of filmmaking feels televisual and there ’s no spark to really get the film going. Quitters is a strange Woody Allen type of story, but it might have worked better with adults, and if it had been a bit more bold.

2/5

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