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3rd Street Blackout

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Negin Farsad & Jeremy Redleaf

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About the Movie

Mina and Rudy are plugged into the world, and to each other, through technology. But when parts of New York City lose power in the wake of a hurricane and these two modern lovers hit a relationship snag, they must figure out how to reconnect without any internet connection.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 9
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: While the performers are appealing, 3rd Street Blackout is a too determinedly quirky affair to fully mine the comic potential of its clever premise. Much like its setting, the film could have used more energy. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 23, 2016

Rotten: Much of the humor depends on Redleaf and Farsad coaxing relatable, Apatow-ian comedy out of their relationship; unfortunately, they're so bland that there's little to relate to. – Abby Garnett, Village Voice, Apr 27, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Love Letter to the East Village

A sweet, funny love letter to New York in general and the East Village in particular. During the blackout of 2012 following Hurricane Sandy, the film's couple struggle to communicate without technology, getting some help and hindrance from a large cast of local oddballs. Farsad is an attractive and funny leading lady, and there are lots of hilarious cameos by the likes of Janeane Garaffalo, Jonathan Hodgeman and Ed Weeks as a smarmily sexy British venture capitalist.

Truly captures the moment

Standup comic/TED Fellow/ actress/writer/director Negin Farsad hits pay dirt with this romantic comedy of very likeable but fallible characters. Using the context of NYC's epic blackout to also contextualiser a relationship/emotional blackout, Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf give very warm and funny performances. The film really captures the essence of that time when we, as New York locals, bonded with our neighbors in ways we never really had and, regrettably, largely haven't since. The warmth of that moment in NYC was really special and it was brilliant to use it to encapsulate the cooling off of a relationship. Really lovely performances all around from neighbors and the tech startup folks, as well as the profiteering messenger. The film also shows TED conference details from the inside in the way only a woman who was chosen to do standup at TED could have shown us. Bravo!

3rd Street Blackout
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2016

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