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The Boy Downstairs — romcom of nebbish New York youngsters

The Boy Downstairs — romcom of nebbish New York youngsters

June 07
00:15 2018

Zosia Mamet stars in ‘The Boy Downstairs’

The Boy Downstairs is the first romcom of the silly season — and don’t say you weren’t warned. Girl (Zosia Mamet) meets boy (Matthew Shear). Girl re-meets boy — he’s the unexpected ground-floor tenant in her new block. Girl keeps re-encountering boy, even when he is distrait or dating someone else, until you want to scream.

Sophie Brooks’s first feature has so many flashbacks you should book a hotel in the past and keep the room even when unused. But when we’re in present-tense New York, there are odd puddles of charm in this walk down Lovestruck Pavement; assuming you like nebbish youngsters who make googoo eyes, mishandle trysts and stammer dialogue somewhere on the Woody Allen/Noah Baumbach spectrum. Mamet (of TV’s Girls) is best in show as the scatty, forlornly perky heroine.


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