This week in movies you missed:
How happy can a mumblecore Christmas be? Let's find out!
is the 2014 offering from prolific low-budget director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Hannah Takes the Stairs
), whom you may also have seen on screen in You're Next
, The Sacrament
and a host of other films. Spotting him is the indie-film version of Where's Waldo?
What You Missed
Jeff (Swanberg) and Kelly (Melanie Lynskey of Heavenly Creatures
) are an arty couple living in Chicago with their 2-year-old son. Into their lives comes Jeff's younger sister, Jenny (Anna Kendrick), who's looking for new direction after a breakup. She crashes in their basement, parties with her friend Carson (Lena Dunham) and starts a tentative relationship with the couple's pot-dealing babysitter (Mark Webber).
Soft-spoken Kelly isn't crazy about Jenny's general lack of having her shit together. But as they talk, Jenny's nervous energy galvanizes her, and she finds herself wondering why she's put her work as a novelist on hold to be a full-time mom. Jenny eggs Kelly on to write a "sexy mom" book (à la Fifty Shades of Grey
) that could catapult her to the best-seller lists, and an unlikely friendship results.