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With: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Warshofsky, Isabella Acres, Joe Putterlik, Angela Trimbur, Mary Passeri, Kathleen Gati, Clement von Franckenstein, Tonita Castro, Diana Sandoval, Mark Atteberry, Frank Langley, Erinn K. Williams, Oona Mekas
Written by: Miranda July
Directed by: Miranda July
MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content
Running Time: 91
Date: 01/21/2011

The Future (2011)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

All Tomorrow's Smarties

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

When film critics use the word "twee," they're usually talking about something quite like Miranda July; the word was practically invented for her.

With her new film The Future, July returns to the big screen for the first time since her much-loved Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005). It's an equally quirky romance, equal parts comedy and drama and performance art. When Sophie (July) and her boyfriend Jason (Hamish Linklater) agree to adopt a cat, they become overwhelmed with the long-term responsibility. So they decide to use their remaining weeks to just live life. Unfortunately, this leads Sophie into a sad, illicit fling with an older man (David Warshofsky).

The movie is hardly realistic, however, and features a talking cat and a character stopping time and speaking with the moon. July seems to inspire both passionate followers and violent haters, but I fall somewhere in-between. I find her movies passively amusing, but not particularly deep or memorable. The film showed at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

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