Easier with Practice

Overview

A writer traveling to promote his unpublished novel enters into a bizarre phone relationship with a mysterious woman in this cellular love story based on Davey Rothbart's autobiographical GQ article of the same name. Davy Mitchell (Brian Geraghty) is a writer who has yet to realize his full potential. In order to raise awareness about his latest manuscript, Davy hits the road with his younger brother Sean (Kel O'Neill) and begins performing readings for small groups across the country. One night, while sitting in...
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Overview

A writer traveling to promote his unpublished novel enters into a bizarre phone relationship with a mysterious woman in this cellular love story based on Davey Rothbart's autobiographical GQ article of the same name. Davy Mitchell (Brian Geraghty) is a writer who has yet to realize his full potential. In order to raise awareness about his latest manuscript, Davy hits the road with his younger brother Sean (Kel O'Neill) and begins performing readings for small groups across the country. One night, while sitting in a lonely hotel, Davy's phone rings unexpectedly. The voice on the other end of the line belongs to Nicole, and before long Davy and Nicole have established a unique bond despite the fact that they've never actually met face to face. The more Davy gets to know Nicole, the happier he becomes. But when the time finally comes to meet his long-distance love interest, the itinerant writer realizes that before he can truly be honest with Nicole, he must first start being honest with himself.
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Special Features

Audio commentary featuring cast and crew; "Making of easier with practice" featurette; "Slating Easier With Practice" featurette; 14 Video diaries from the set of the film; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Easier With Practice is a love story for the chat room generation. Although it involves phone calls between people who've never met each other, rather than online missives between them, the same rules of uncertainty apply -- both parties could be entirely different from how they portray themselves. But when the identity of the mysterious woman who starts a phone sex relationship with struggling author Davy (Brian Geraghty) is actually revealed, and it proves to be among the most obvious kinds of falsified personas we would expect in this scenario, it's a disappointingly predictable return on the complicated groundwork laid by writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez. Alvarez' film does work as a triumph of craft, from the numerous long takes that require mistake-free acting, to Geraghty, who supplies most of that acting. The range shown by Geraghty in this film is exciting; even though he seemed young as a skittish member of the bomb disposal unit in The Hurt Locker, he plays a whole different category of young here, shy and physically awkward. But the resolution of the story fails Geraghty's performance. This being an independent film, we aren't necessarily expecting a happy ending, but we should expect some kind of catharsis that meaningfully contextualizes the phone lovers' co-dependent relationship. Instead, the ending is sort of a thud, offering neither hope, nor the sadistic pleasure of ironic karma -- which the caring and loyal Davy wouldn't deserve, anyway. Easier With Practice boils down to the question of how we define a real connection between kindred spirits, and whether sexual compatibility is an absolute prerequisite for that connection. The role of wish fulfillment, and how it skews perception, is also considered. Unfortunately, the film answers its engaging questions in unfulfilling ways, even if those answers are based on real events.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • UPC: 853937002124
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Breaking Glass
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 73,237

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Geraghty , Davy Mitchell
Jeanette Brox , Sarah
Jenna Gavigan , Josie
Kel O'Neill , Sean
Marguerite Moreau , Samantha
Kathryn Aselton Nicole,
Eugene Byrd
Technical Credits
Kyle Patrick Alvarez Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Nicole Arbusto Casting
Jeanette Brox Producer
Cookie Carosella Producer
Fernando Collins Editor
Joy Dickson Casting
Jenna Gavigan Producer
Brian Geraghty Producer
David Melito Co-producer
Marguerite Moreau Producer
David Morrison Cinematographer
Kel O'Neill Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Easier with Practice
1. A Souvenir [5:41]
2. Nice Voice [9:27]
3. Much Less Exciting [7:42]
4. Cuddle [9:49]
5. Something Special [7:16]
6. Relationship [9:17]
7. Wasn't Meant to Be [6:36]
8. Three Truths [10:39]
9. Stopped Calling [7:27]
10. I Want to Meet You [8:40]
11. Embarrassing [8:58]
12. A Relief [8:32]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Easier with Practice
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   Setup
      Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound:
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      Feature Commentary With Kyle Alvarez, Brian Geraghty, Davy Rothbart & Cookie Carosella:
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   Features
      Behind the Scenes
      Video Diaries
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         Play All
      Slating Easier With Practice
      Easier With Practice Trailer
      Breaking Glass Pictures Presents
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