In Search of a Midnight Kiss (3 stars)

  • The List
  • 16 August 2007

This article is from 2007.

In Search of a Midnight Kiss

(Alex Holdridge, US, 2007) 90min

Any film that invokes Woody Allen’s Manhattan in its opening moments is asking for invidious comparison. Allen captured late 70s bohemian New York with what seemed like time capsule astuteness. Alex Holdridge’s film does no more than suggest what a couple of listless, youthful lives look like in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve.

Wilson (Scott McNairy) has been kicked into action after being caught masturbating furiously over a Photoshopped picture of his flatmate’s naked girlfriend. Both flatmate and girlfriend think Wilson needs to go out into the world, and online dating is the answer, and Vivian (Sara Simmonds) the result.

Like a slicker, more streamlined version of Andrew Bujalski’s ‘mumblecore’ masterworks Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation, Holdridge's film blows the characters’ problems out of all proportion, and then expects ironic self-appraisal to bring them back to size. This doesn’t give the film much texture or depth, and the music is constantly prodding our feelings, but it’s always likable, uses LA locations well, and may be the sleeper hit of this year’s Festival. (Tony McKibbin)

Filmhouse, 623 8030, 16 Aug, 9.45pm & 17 Aug, 4.30pm, both £7.95 (£5.50).

In Search of a Midnight Kiss

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 1h 39min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alex Holdridge
  • Written by: Alex Holdridge
  • Cast: Scoot McNairy, Sara Simmonds, Brian McGuire, Kathleen Luong, Twink Caplan, Robert Murphy

Holdridge's acerbic and warmly human dispatch from the frontline of the LA dating scene sees Wilson (McNairy) desperately searching for a date to provide him with a New Year's kiss. After putting an advert on Craigslist, he meets Vivian (Simmonds), an aspiring actress who may or may not match Wilson's emotional…

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