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Aspiring author Philip Lewis Friedman (Jason Schwartzman) has just finished his second book "Obidant". However his editor (Daniel London) is concerned because he's received word that the New York Times didn't care for it. Despite this, Philip has refused to do any publicity work for his new release.
He decides instead to hitch his star to his idol Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) who not only admires his new book but has offered his country home as a writing retreat — resulting in a hilariously trenchant literary character study with Philip delivering one self absorbed observation after another.
Although Philip certainly annoys us, his charm and wit always keeps us pulling for him. Selected for the Sundance, New York and Locarno Film Festivals, this is a bitingly funny look at the perils and pitfalls of arrogance and the human condition.
A film about callow ambition, “Listen Up Philip” is itself remarkably poised, a knowing, rueful account of how pain and insecurity transfigure themselves as anger but also as art.
Opening next Friday, Nov. 7, will be “Elsa and Fred” starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer.
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