September 22, 2021

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‘I Went Here’ Review: An author returns to his alma mater

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Quite worthy, but very little to make an impact, Chris Ray’s little – and somewhat autobiographical – “You Can’t Go Home” comedy “I Went Here” was supposed to debut at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Only at the last minute was its premiere canceled by the coronavirus epidemic when Ray made the idea for the movie, his fourth feature – in which a dazzling young nove panacea returned to his alma mater to grow arrogant – he was still going by his married name Chris Swanberg ; She then broke up with her then-husband Joey.

It has created Ray’s already personal project in at least two ways to evolve his own life more closely, and it survived more relevantly in the event that any additional obstacle to an indie filmmaker’s ultimate path could threaten the whole endeavor. The movie is seen as a sign of a frustrating comeback project for a director that shows someone more mainstream possibilities than his pregnancy-themed “unexpected”, which returned to Sundance in 2015.

Ray’s proxy here is Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs), a 35-year-old author who should be celebrating the release of her first novel, “Asons Beyond You,” but instead learns that the marketing department has plugged her book tour – just like her fianc তাদের Pulls the plug on the wedding. The sound effect of the cue sad-trombone.

To deepen Kate’s frustration, Ray sends the character to his character’s baby shower, where he takes a photo with his pregnant mother (Joey Chao, the thief in the Speed ​​Dial scene) and two other colleagues, all of whom are pregnant. Kate is the only one without a baby, but she is No. She has books, which should be a bit comforting – she just hates the cover, and to be honest, she’s not so hot with all the words inside.

That’s why it’s so comforting to receive a call from David Kirkpatrick (“Flight of the Concordes” co-creator Jemaine Clement), his old college writing professor and former Crush, who invited him to study at the University of Illinois. The energy dynamics between them are now even more balanced, but it’s still a kind Ike – although the #MeToo movement doesn’t really catch up with the existing professor-student Hanky-Panky incident on the American campus. (An accurate exposure could cause more damage to the country’s higher education industry than the current Covid epidemic.)

Still, it’s no surprise that Kate is thrilled to be back on campus in the small town of Carbondale, which represents a cozy cocoon for young creatives – Kate nostalgically describes it as a “safe place to try things out”. Fifteen years after graduation, it feels great to be welcomed back as a “real writer”. He may not feel like much of a success, but he has certainly enjoyed attention. The school puts him in a bed-breakfast across the street from home while he’s in Illinois, and has fun flirting with a shaky student named Hugo (Josh Wiggins). Meanwhile, his girlfriend (Hannah Marks) makes Kate violent for various reasons and makes a few regrettable decisions for her short time in town.

It’s a movie where we’d like to be immersed in an awkward situation, although Ray’s overall melody is too brazen for it, with all its bright colors and broad sitcom setups (for example, Kate stuck under the fret-house desk) like a child herself. ” An hookup returns to his room, calling out “Animals.” In recent years, shows like “Flybug” and “Girls” have severed ties with their flawed female characters, and while working well with Ray actors, Jacobs has proven to be a relatively vanilla-leading woman. He is constantly smiling and apologizing, which has made him a weak and less challenging character. Then again, Rear’s voice bears more resemblance to Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor than to the restrained female writer-directors of her generation.

“I Would Go Here” should have been as wild and (somewhat) chaotic as last year’s “Bookmart”, but instead it played out as a more professional version of the DIY comedy that started Ray’s career when he seemed more like two directors named Swanberg. Disciplined. This is particularly striking resemblance to Alex Karpowski’s “Red Flag,” another college spread through the screening of a short indie film for admirable college audiences. Such crowds have a way to elevate starter filmmakers to celebrity status, and Ray says the experience of “unexpected” screening on campus inspired the project.

His instincts served him better in the film. “I’d Go Here” shows more Polish – a step in the right direction – but it’s also safe and incomplete content with content is a fun version of almost every joke or more deadly insights waiting to be easily reached. Instead of trying to find a better alternative, he equates self-disclosure (well, not quite: Lonely Island works as a team builder and of course with a bit of a push). Ray has a movie for it that most can’t say, but Kat’s evaluation of his own novel – “I think it could be better” – also goes for the movie.

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