In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2008)
Critic Consensus: Funny, quirky, and bittersweet, In Search of a Midnight Kiss is a romantic comedy with a heart and a brain -- and stands as a sharp debut for director Alex Holdridge.
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Critic Reviews for In Search of a Midnight Kiss
The film never finds an original voice or qualifies its tagline (It's not just another kiss), but it is more enjoyable than most New Year's Eve celebrations.
Alex Holdridge has written and directed a sweet, funny little indie movie.
In Search Of A Midnight Kiss shows enough flashes of brightness that its more conventional business is all the more dispiriting.
Holdridge is clever enough to keep his characters from slipping into outright narcissism, or when they do, he's familiar enough with the art of mainstream moviemaking to balance the exhausted with the ecstatic.
An offbeat looking-for-love comedy with enough fresh notes to please even jaded viewers.
Audience Reviews for In Search of a Midnight Kiss
Okay, like others, I found the characters to be insultingly banal and nearly turned this off part way in. A lot of over-the-top cussing seemed a lazy way of spicing up the film. But at some point, this viewer began to find sympathy for the characters. Yes, the script is unpolished. Yes, the actors are not ever going to find work in studio Hollywood. And, yes, the story is a little bit hokey. But so help me, it works on some level. I think the turning point was the psychotic ex-boyfriend and his hilarious rant over what he was going to do to Wilson (Scoot McNairy). (Scoot? Really? I mean, seriously? What kind of name is Scoot?) At that point, this viewer was ready to give in to the madness and let this puppy take me wherever it seemed to be heading. Think Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, but with Craigslist as the cupid, and New Years Eve in LA as the backdrop. This one goes it one better with a bittersweet ending that makes as much sense as the rest of it. I think I liked the music better here, too. (Watched in December, 2009)
Despite the fact that In Search of a Midnight Kiss was shot with that cheap digital video that I HATE, HATE, HATE, (seriously, I let out an audible sigh every time I realize that the movie I'm about to see uses it) I found it to be pretty enjoyable. Refreshing, even. It's a tale of loneliness, Los Angeles, and New Year's Eve. Depressed and lonely Wilson puts an ad on Craigslist at the bidding of his best friend, in a last-ditch effort to not be alone on New Year's Eve. The ad is answered by an aspiring actress named Vivian, and the two of them meet and spend the rest of the day in a long, rambling, eventful date that takes them through various parts of Los Angeles. It's actually a lot cooler than I make it sound. Sort of a drama and a realistic comedy, with the ups, downs, joys, and uncertainties of a real relationship condensed into the events of one night. There's genuine chemistry between the two leads, and the whole thing feels surprisingly genuine, if you let yourself get into it. Crappy video aside, this is a movie that I'd recommend to anyone, be they romantic or jaded.
This was really a great little movie. I wasn't expecting much of it at all, small film with no one I've ever heard of in it, but it really exceeded my expectations. I actually would have scored it a little higher if the ending had been different, but then again, can't fault something for being true to life. This reminded me a lot of Before Sunrise as most of it is just two people walking around getting to know each other and revealing things about their lives. The two leads are so good that it never comes across as dull and the Vivian character is originally so horrible that it is a credit to them that everyone doesn't just switch off. One interesting thing is that it seems that it was originally black and white, but for whatever reason, the Dvd release (in Australia, anyhow), is in colour. I did notice at times that the film looked very blocky, but put it down to a bad transfer. I have to say, I generally really like black and white films, but in this case, it was odd to see the trailer in black and white and I think I actually prefer the colour here.
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