Losing Control

In the ostensibly charming, actually grating Losing Control, Harvard biophysics grad student Samantha (Miranda Kent) toils away in the lab—after early success, she's struggling to reproduce results—while trying to find a mate more suitable than longtime boyfriend Ben (Reid Scott). After his unexpected marriage proposal is rejected, model citizen Ben accepts a fellowship to study in China, and type A Sam works to ensure life hews more closely to her plan, mocking up a chart on which she can "empirically" rank the attributes of potential suitors. Misadventures are in store: Her work—which, adorably, involves expressing a protein that kills Y-chromosome-carrying sperm—makes for complicated small talk, and she's constantly having to check her samples at inconvenient times. The sitcom hyper-reality liberates first-time writer/director Valerie Weiss to amp up the lame ethnic ribbing (Sam has fretful Jewish parents and an impossible-to-understand, probably incompetent Chinese colleague) and the plucky raunch. After a few misfires—a tantric-sex coach manages to ejaculate right into a test tube, but isn't a great date—Sam homes in on a Euro performance artist (Theo Alexander) with an exhibitionist streak. The blue rom-com then takes a frenzied late turn into espionage territory, an attempt to gather momentum that only makes the film more tiresome.

 
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Torie
Torie

I love the New York, and the Village Voice, but I wonder how they assign their staff to review which movies? I saw Losing Control last night (got dragged to it by a friend) and though I didn't find it an Oscar contender, it was a decent use of an hour and a half and I don't regret time spent. It's a chick flick people, cute, funny, a little off or over the top at times, but otherwise an okay film. Over all it was better the the Sex in the City movies that are coming out, and from what I read from the background of the movie, not bad for an independent film. Where are the female writers which might at least relate a little better to this movie?

WiseTeacher
WiseTeacher

If you like to laugh, see it. If you like good music, see it. So much fun.

vpopsicle
vpopsicle

Wonderful film. It is charming, zany and innocent in a way that reminds me of classic comedies from the 50s and 60s. What a treasure!

bwcook
bwcook

Fantastic movie! The characters and story are unique and rich. The music is amazing. Funny in so many ways - zany, raunchy, clever. Heartfelt and hilarious.

4Thought
4Thought

What movie did this guy watch? Totally off base. This movie was AWESOME! I saw it at a festival. Inventive, fresh, and laugh-out-loud funny - SEE IT!

 

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