Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Starting Out In the Evening

I watched Starting Out in the Evening the other night. Usually, movies about writers make me want to switch to professional hockey, but this one gets it right. Frank Langella is perfect as the aging NY writer whose career has stalled, but whose reputation might be brought back by an ambitious young grad student. Langella's daughter, played by the always superb Lili Taylor, has her own troubles. The grad student is played by Lauren Ambrose, and she is fine, but it is not a difficult role. For me, it was the interplay between Langella and Taylor that made the movie. Oh, and the fact that the writing life is portrayed in all its inherent misery and joy.

Directed by Andrew Wagner, screenplay by Brian Morton and Fred Parnes, from the novel by Brian Morton.


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