Movie Review - Golden Exits


"People never make films about ordinary people who don't really do anything", so says Naomi (Emily Browning) who's moved from Australia to New York. The attractive 20 something, through her flirtatious presence has unknowingly unsettled two relationships. There's Nick (Adam Horowitz), the type of guy who finds the tedium of archiving "thrilling" and his wife Alyssa, a psychologist who's on the defensive, due to Nick's previous infidelity. Naomi's only connection to Brooklyn is through Buddy (Jason Schwartzman), a music producer who lives in Nick's neighbourhood with his wife Jess (Analeigh Tipton). Jess, too is wary of the enigmatic Naomi; suspecting that Buddy and Naomi are closer than previously thought.

Golden Exits is the kind of polarizing, character driven drama that one will either love or hate. I fall in the latter category as the characters are as appealing as damp sawdust. The almost love triangle of Golden Exits is both parts sad and frustrating. Though Horowitz is perfectly cast as Nick and the film is wonderfully shot, Golden Exits is a large bore. However, there is a lesson to be learned. If watching two middle aged men playfully then, aggressively pursue a younger woman; largely to see if they still "got it" resonates with you, then it's probably because you're "that guy" and nobody likes that guy.

Verdict: D

Rated: R @ 94 Mins

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