BOY WHAT A MESS FEA­TURE FLICK

Stirling Times - - Lifestyle -

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

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) does not 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 ONLY LIV­ING BOY IN NEW YORK (M) DI­RECTED BY: Marc Webb STAR­RING: Cal­lum Turner, Kate Beck­in­sale, Pierce Bros­nan RE­VIEW: Ju­lian Wright In cin­e­mas Oc­to­ber 12 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 I and II 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.

The ‘twist’ in the fi­nal act is nei­ther sur­pris­ing nor par­tic­u­larly 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 still pick things to be un­happy about.

Cal­lum Turner and Jeff Bridges in The Only Liv­ing Boy in New York.

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