GROWTH PROB­LEMS FOR SPOILT RICH KID

Eastern Reporter - - Lifestyle -

BE­ING an artsy New Yorker col­lege grad­u­ate with rich folks is hard, you guys.

Mopey mil­len­nial Thomas Webb (Cal­lum Turner), whose great­est act of re­bel­lion is mov­ing from his par­ents’ Man­hat­tan abode to a Lower East Side hovel, weaves his way through a se­ries of ‘First World’ prob­lems.

Rich dad (Pierce Bros­nan) doesn’t un­der­stand him, bestie Mimi (Kiersey Cle­mons) doesn’t re­cip­ro­cate his af­fec­tions and a mis­tress Jo­hanna (Kate Beck­in­sale) could de­stroy his barely held to­gether fam­ily.

Thomas be­gins to fol­low the sexy mis­tress and even­tu­ally the two strike up a spicey re­la­tion­ship while she still sleeps with his fa­ther. Mean­while, Thomas has sev­eral deep and mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions with his aged neigh­bour and men­tor W.F. Ger­ald (Jeff Bridges).

Di­rec­tor Marc Webb turns back to low-key in­die drama af­ter his block­buster stints with The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man 1 and 2 but his choice is ques­tion­able.

De­scribed as com­ing-of-age with shades of The Grad­u­ate, the love tri­an­gle is about as icky as the one in 2005 mis­fire Ru­mor Has It, in which Jen­nifer Anis­ton’s char­ac­ter sleeps with the guy she thought might have been her bi­o­log­i­cal dad.

The ‘twist’ in the fi­nal act is nei­ther sur­pris­ing nor com­pelling, which is at least con­sis­tent with what has come be­fore it. It is in­creas­ingly hard to re­late to, or tol­er­ate, young char­ac­ters born with a sil­ver spoon in their mouths who find things to be un­happy about.

Thomas Webb (Cal­lum Turner) has many a deep and mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tion with his men­tor W.F. Ger­ald (Jeff Bridges).

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