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A CASE OF YOU Movie Review

A Case of You
NR....92 min.....Comedy, Romance
November 6, 2013 (Limited Theatrical + VOD)

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a case of you
DIRECTOR: .Kat Coiro
WRITERS: .Justin Long, Christian Long, Keir O’Donnell
a case of you
Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Keir O’Donnell, Busy Philipps,
Peter Dinklage, Brendan Fraser, Sam Rockwell, Vince Vaughn

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DISTRIBUTOR: .IFC Films
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Grade:. ★★★☆☆

SYNOPSIS: A young writer (Justin Long) woos a cute and quirky barista (Evan Rachel Wood) by studying her Facebook profile and making himself into the man of her dreams. When she falls for his alter ego, he must keep up the act or risk losing her.
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Think You’ve Got Mail meets Going the Distance…with one of the most well-played “What the f–k?!”’s ever. Starring Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood, director Kat Coiro’s A Case of You—one of my 2013 Tribeca Film Festival favorites—explores love in the age of Facebook, and the disconnect between a person’s digital persona and physical reality.

Among A Case of You‘s many strengths is the unaffected nature of its main characters, Sam and Birdie, adorably portrayed by Long and Wood. Sam’s default tendency toward self-deprecation and all-consuming fear of rejection prevent his personal and professional advancement. Birdie’s style, on the other hand, is more whateva-whateva-I-do-what-I-want with an unpretentiously hipster twist. Sam frequently reeks of desperation, while Birdie exudes a natural grace in all she does. Sam thinks shared Facebook ‘Likes’ can be the foundation for romantic intimacy; Birdie cannot fathom how knowing a person’s favorite baked good means truly knowing them. You know people (or are yourself) just like Sam and Birdie—and you’ll root for their romantic success because it breeds hope for your own.

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Justin Long & Evan Rachel Wood. © 2013 IFC Films

For all the lies its characters tell others and themselves, A Case of You is unflinchingly honest when it comes to sharing its feelings. The film’s well-written and quotable dialogue unabashedly calls all characters on their respective bulls–t. Facebook stalking is inherently sketchy. Closing your bedroom door before you start jerking off is just common courtesy. And relationships without honesty and compromise are like resistance to the Borg: futile.

A Case of You also boasts a strong supporting cast—namely Sam’s roommate Eliot (Keir O’Donnell) and his girlfriend Ashley (Busy Philipps), whose endearingly open relationship serves as a foil to the superficial relationship engineered by Sam—and features laugh-out-loud funny cameos by Peter Dinklage, Brendan Fraser, Sam Rockwell, and Vince Vaughn.

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Peter Dinklage & Brendan Fraser. © 2013 IFC Films

Delightfully charming and entertaining, A Case of You is an absolute must-see for all rom-com lovers.

Available in theaters and on VOD as of November 6. For more VOD info, check out IFC Films On Demand.

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