Recidivism: The Movie! Alexander Payne’s films are very cathartic for me in a Simpsons-esque way. This movie comes from a place of real frustration and anger, and I totally respect that. There aren’t that many people doing this — or doing it well. Laura Dern’s performance is fucking brilliant. She walks the line between total asshole and sympathetic asshole so well. Just as you are about to feel sorry for her, you want to strangle her — yet, somehow, you are still happy for her when she fucks everybody over in the end. Also — best ever extras casting in this film. A ten-second glance at a character’s face and you know exactly who they are and what they are about. Lots of great subtle moments, like the Vietnam Vet pro-choicer working at a porno boutique. And some great unsubtle moments, like Dern shouting to her ex, “Suck the shit out of my ass, fucker!!” Fantastic film altogether.
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Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.
He is the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and challenges you to a game of backgammon.