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Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

Nobody Walks

Tangle of Hormones

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While mentoring Martine (Olivia Thirlby), a New York video artist visiting Los Angeles, Peter (John Krasinski), an “edgy” Hollywood filmmaker, develops more than a professional interest in her. Meanwhile, Peter’s therapist wife Julie (Rosemarie DeWitt) invites her ex-boyfriend, the grunge rock star Leroy (Dylan McDermott), to dinner (the atmosphere grows prickly). Leroy and Julie’s 16-year old daughter, Kolt (India Ennenga), has a nerdy boyfriend, but she nurtures a crush on her step-dad’s assistant, David (Rhys Wakefield). She watches from her window as David presses a kiss on Martine, whose unconvincing hesitance dissolves easily. But Kolt never sees Peter thrusting himself on Martine, David’s envy of Peter or her mother’s worst suspicions. And then there’s Kolt’s typecast Italian tutor, who obviously finds her attractive…

Nobody Walks depicts an almost farfetched tangle of emotions and hormones in a superficially casual environment where selfishness is the guiding principle, everyone gets hurt and double standards are rampant in our supposedly enlightened era. “Complicated” is a word spoken more than once; “Men are such jerks” could be the moral if not for Martine’s penchant for flirting with disaster. Directed by Ry Russo-Young, Nobody Walks includes many small moments of good, understated acting in situations of everyday anger, jealousy and intimacy.

Dec. 7-9, UWM Union Theatre.

 

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