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Jennifer (Laura Prepon) just left her job. Her boyfriend Paul (Bryan Greenberg) has been cheating. Her cynical sister Penny (Dreama Walker) has an inappropriate announcement. Stan's in love with Jennifer; Kenny's in love with Penny; friends Amanda and Kim can't be trusted. Dueling bands in the back yard and a manic depressive party photographer who may have forgotten to take his meds - Jennifer is turning 30 - So let's party!
Kitchens are always where the party ends up
I was utterly charmed by this movie. I thought the performances (particularly Dreama Walker and Laura Prepon) were nuanced and deep and real. Maybe it's because I'm getting into my thirties, but most of the storylines resonated with me. I loved the entire concept of a party for someone who is totally not psyched to be turning 30. The music is great. I'm not quite sure how I became so comfortable hanging out in one room for an entire hour and a half, but the director kept it fresh and kept it moving.
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You'd think a movie that takes place all in one location might be claustrophobic and boring but director Ishai Setton rises above those hurdles in this quirky film about a girl whose 30th birthday celebration is definitely one that will be remembered. The acting is good and the lead characters, flawed as they are, are definitely likeable with a lot of heart. Good soundtrack and an overall entertaining journey especially if you hate celebrating your birthday and want to know that you're in good company.
This is a great movie for a light-hearted night in. The plot is entertaining, there are a few really funny scenes, and it's refreshing that it is a bit like a combination of situations that you could imagine actually happening in real life. Not like some romantic comedies with sappy/cheesy endings, or comedies that are based on improbable situations. This movie is well-done and very highly recommended!