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This bittersweet romantic comedy, an auspicious feature debut by writer-director Zoe Cassavetes, gives versatile Parker Posey one of her most complex roles. She plays a lonely, pill-popping, hard-drinking New York single under pressure from her mom (Gena Rowlands) to settle down. Her best friend (Drea de Matteo) urges her to just get out there, but all her dates—like a one-night stand with a vain actor (a very funny Justin Theroux)—end disastrously. Enter a coworker's visiting French pal (Melvil Poupaud), who seems destined to cause her even more pain. How Posey's neurotic, self-destructive heroine finds her way to healing is the core of this generous film, whose moral is that happiness can't begin unless you're open to its possibility. With Peter Bogdanovich, Bernadette Lafont, and Josh Hamilton. PG-13, 97 min.

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