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Trailer Watch: You Instead Is Mad-Cap Romp for Hipsters, Early Reviews

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 15, 2011 at 8:50AM

Judging from the trailer below, Scottish filmmaker David Mackenzie’s latest flick You Instead may fill an untapped need: mad-cap romp for hipsters. The premise: in a world where boys and girls sport the same jeans, eye-liner, and scraggly hair, it’s easy to see how personalities collide. Especially when male rock-star (Luke Treadaway) and his female rocker rival (Natalie Tena) are handcuffed together—seemingly as some sort of punishment for golf-cart thievery.
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Judging from the trailer below, Scottish filmmaker David Mackenzie’s latest flick You Instead may fill an untapped need: mad-cap romp for hipsters. The premise: in a world where boys and girls sport the same jeans, eye-liner, and scraggly hair, it’s easy to see how personalities collide. Especially when male rock-star (Luke Treadaway) and his female rocker rival (Natalie Tena) are handcuffed together—seemingly as some sort of punishment for golf-cart thievery.

Filmed on the fly over four days at Scotland’s sprawling music festival T In The Park, the movie opens September 16th in the UK, with no U.S. distributor signed on as yet, although this one has Sony Pictures Classics all over it. Early reviews and trailer below.

Variety gave it a rave out of Berlin. So did Screen, which called it "frothy and fun." SXSW reviews were more mixed: Pajiba's headline: Big Cheesy Romance, Small Indie Budget." THR: "romance uses a real-world music fest as backdrop for thinly plotted story of bad behavior." Gordon and the Whale: "incredibly fun and invigoratingly vital."


[Hat Tip: ThePlaylist. ]

This article is related to: Genres, Video, Reviews, First Look, Independents, Romance, Foreign, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.