My Effortless Brilliance is a throwback to early/mid-90â€™s Indies like Daytrippers and Walking and Talking â€“ engaging characters, simple plots where not much happens, but the dialogue is refreshingly honest.
Directed by Lynn Shelton (HUMPDAY), this drama/comedy takes on male friendship â€“ and thankfully not the Hollywood, boys-will-be-boys bromance, but actual honest relationships. Eric (played by Harvey Dangerâ€™s Sean Nelson) is a novelist â€“ a little pretentious and very self-obsessed – goes to meet his estranged friend Dylan (Basil Harris) in the middle of nowhere Washington after Dylan tells him heâ€™s a horrible friend.
Nelson and Harris are remarkably convincing as former friends and the dialogue (mostly improvised) is comfortably real. Nelson does a brilliant job and is clearly destined for more acting roles and Harris is just as appealing. I know itâ€™s a wasted wish, but wouldnâ€™t it be great if Hollywood were willing to invest more in movies like this.
Rating: 7.9 out of 10
My Effortless Brilliance/DVD/2009/IFC Films/79 mins.