Cooper Raiff is the 24-year-old actor, author and director making his function debut with this intimate microbudget function within the mumblecore fashion; it was a prize winner on the 2020 on-line SXSW competition, which led to Jay Duplass shepherding this wider launch. Alex (performed by Raiff) is a first-year school pupil who’s desperately shy and has a childhood gentle toy in his room. (Within the first scene, Alex imagines this creature talking to him silently and derisively in subtitles, a gag and a mode of comedy not developed in the remainder of the movie.) Alex additionally has a mortifying behavior of bursting into tears when he telephones his mom and sister, whom he misses desperately.
One night time at a celebration, Alex has an exquisite romantic reference to supercool Maggie (Dylan Gelula); they’ve intercourse and hang around all night time, and poor Alex thinks that this could possibly be an exquisite relationship. However the subsequent day, Maggie is bizarre and distant round him (she has already advised him that she broke up together with her high-school boyfriend due to her many infidelities), and Alex has to contemplate the likelihood that that is what hooking up is like. Possibly there isn’t any emotional content material – or perhaps individuals of their freshman yr simply aren’t prepared for it.
There’s something, it must be stated, slightly bit unbearable about Maggie and Alex canoodling. It is just when the disaster divides them that the drama begins to make sense, and when it dawns on you that tearful, indignant Alex might really be slightly creepy and stalkerish after we see him from Maggie’s impatient and exasperated perspective. Life could be desperately embarrassing in your first yr at college if you end up making an attempt out new identities and personalities. This movie replicates that agonising discomfort.