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Little Athens Review


Weak
Ensemble comedies featuring interlocking stories seem to be all the rage these days, but boy does it take serious talent to pull off the intricate plotting and careful structure of one of these films. Tom Zuber (whose prior film, Lansdown, was nothing special either) either doesn't have the talent or the patience for such a story. Instead, he turns in a tired retread of umpteen "slackers do drugs, party, have sex, and get in trouble" movies which have grown so popular and so tiresome in the indie filmmaking scene.

Little Athens is no Pulp Fiction. We've got a small-time drug dealing kid (John Patrick Amedori) who steals a stash from his own dealer's dead cousin, a pair of EMTs (Erica Leerhsen and Rachel Miner) each dealing with issues of love and lust, and two slack-jawed losers (DJ Qualls and Jorge Garcia) who have just been evicted.

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Lansdown Review


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This low-budget by-the-numbers thriller plays like an Amy Fisher docudrama, only without the B-list stars and even iffier acting. The story -- about a man who discovers his wife is cheating on him, leading him to plot to kill her lover -- is tepid and largely unoriginal. Frankly I don't know how this ended up in my Netflix rental queue.
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