Listen Up Philip

Directed by: Alex Ross Perry

Written by: Alex Ross Perry

Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, Josephine de La Baume, Eric Bogosian


Listen Up Philip is drastically unfocused, devoting segments of the runtime to individual characters in turn while losing sight of the bigger picture. Characters’ thoughts and feelings are revealed via a stupendously lazy and almost incessant narration, and Perry pointlessly employs irritating handheld camerawork.

Worse than this stylistic excess is disturbing treatment of the female characters. Only women are shown to feel emotional pain, and Moss and Ritter are shot in invasively tight close-ups not used to frame the male characters. The inequality soars in a gratuitous montage of Moss lounging in various vests and off-the-shoulder tops.


Elisabeth Moss as Philip’s girlfriend Ashley – and the best thing about the film

Alex Ross Perry’s direction is just as stubborn and self-confident as his titular character. And like Philip, Perry pushes things to a fault.


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