Peter and Vandy

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Overview

One couple's stormy relationship is examined out of chronological order in this drama written and directed by Jay DiPietro, adapted from his play. Peter Jason Ritter and Vandy Jess Weixler meet when both are college students; they fall in love and live together for a while, but on a certain fundamental level they're never fully comfortable with one another, and eventually they go their separate ways. But rather than tell their story from beginning to end, Peter and Vandy jumps back and forth in time, with the ...
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Overview

One couple's stormy relationship is examined out of chronological order in this drama written and directed by Jay DiPietro, adapted from his play. Peter Jason Ritter and Vandy Jess Weixler meet when both are college students; they fall in love and live together for a while, but on a certain fundamental level they're never fully comfortable with one another, and eventually they go their separate ways. But rather than tell their story from beginning to end, Peter and Vandy jumps back and forth in time, with the couple midway through their romance before we've seen their first date. DiPietro allows us to see how the flaws in their relationship -- Peter's discomfort around Vandy and their habit of bickering about petty things -- were present at the beginning, lurking around the corner even in their happiest moments. Peter and Vandy received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Original Theatrical Trailer; Other Strand Releasing Trailers
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Editorial Reviews

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Like any relationship, indie romantic comedy Peter and Vandy has its good and bad moments. For every scene of genuine interaction between Peter Jason Ritter and Vandy Jess Weixler, there's a snippet of dialogue that pegs it as a typical low-budget, dialogue-driven film. However, Jay DiPietro's directorial debut gets credit for showing what usually happens after movie romances fade to black: the relationship between the two protagonists that isn't always sweet or pretty. Based on DiPietro's play, Peter and Vandy skips back and forth in time between the break-ups, make-ups, first dates, and everyday life of twentysomething New Yorkers Peter and Vandy. The film isn't shy about showing both the couple's sweetest moments and their ugliest struggles. They marvel at the barb-filled marriage of friends Paul Jesse L. Martin and Marissa Tracie Thoms, while their own relationship can be just as brutal. Though Peter and Vandy's fighting occasionally turns nasty, there are truly affectionate interactions between them that reveal the root of their romance. Peter and Vandy gets the unfortunate distinction of being released after the superior 500 Days of Summer. Both tell similar nonlinear tales of big-city couples, but DiPietro's film lacks the style and sweetness of the earlier release. Where Peter and Vandy shines is the chemistry between the title characters. Ritter gives off the air of a Reality Bites-era Ethan Hawke, and he's equally adept at portraying Peter in both romantic and attack modes. Weixler won praise -- and the Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Prize for Acting -- for her work in Teeth, and her Vandy is just as raw and effective a performance. Featuring Zak Orth, Bruce Altman, Martin, and Thoms, the supporting cast is exactly the high caliber of players that one expects when a small film is shot in New York City. With its young cast, relatable story, and indie rock soundtrack, Peter and Vandy should appeal to fans of films such as 9 Songs, Flannel Pajamas, and Garden State. Music plays a primary role in the film, and its hipster-approved soundtrack features New York bands such as the National, Animal Collective, and Les Savy Fav, as well as Portland favorites Menomena. Though the film hews too close to the standard indie romance tropes even including an admirable soundtrack, it still distinguishes itself by revealing a strikingly honest look at relationships that is rarely seen on film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/9/2010
  • UPC: 712267291229
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Strand Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 81,101

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Ritter Peter
Jess Weixler Vandy
Jesse L. Martin Paul
Tracie Thoms Marissa
Noah Bean Andrew
Kristina Klebe Michelle
Zak Orth Keith
Bruce Altman Dad
Dana Eskelson Emma
Maryann Plunkett Mom
Grant Varjas Gary
Amanda Gruss Bartender
Rose di Pietro Delia
Lawrence Levine Mike
John Becker Good Not Keith
Chris Lopata Not Keith's Friend
Technical Credits
Jay DiPietro Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Frank G. de Marco Cinematographer
Stephanie Diaz-Matos Musical Direction/Supervision
Amanda Gruss Executive Producer
Bingo Gubelmann Producer
Carly Hugo Co-producer
Robert Kass Executive Producer
Benji Kohn Producer
Lawrence Levine Executive Producer
Jason Lifton Score Composer
Ruth Mutch Executive Producer
Matthew Parker Co-producer
Geoffrey Richman Editor
Lucio Seixas Production Designer
Jamie Sheib Associate Producer
Austin Stark Producer
Peter Sterling Producer
Anthony Viera Sound Mixer
Alexandra Wachtel Associate Producer
Bryan Weiss Associate Producer
David Withrow Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Peter and Vandy
1. Opening Sequence [4:15]
2. Meeting [7:56]
3. Dinner Plans [7:21]
4. Interviews [7:20]
5. Problems [8:29]
6. Family Dinner [6:12]
7. Being Nice [6:32]
8. Flirting [4:50]
10. The Puzzle [11:50]
9. Breaking Up [5:13]
11. Coming Back [3:12]
12. End Credits [6:04]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Peter and Vandy
   Play Feature
   Chapters
   Original Theatrical Trailer
   Other Strand Titles
      The Missing Person
      Downloading Nancy
      How About You
      Puccini For Beginners
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    An Ideal Relationship

    Jay DiPietro's Peter & Vandy is an unconventional, non-linear love story. When I first saw it, it was impossible not to make comparisons to 500 Days of Summer. Peter and Vandy is MUCH better. Where 500 Days is comedy, Peter and Vandy is a drama that moves quickly and is dominated by great performances by both Jason Ritter & Jess Weixler.
    Peter and Vandy is based upon a play and does not a constant soundtrack of songs throughout it. Instead it features the history of a young couple including their jaded parents, and small arguements. I found the acting and writing profound. It is a film that leaves you thinking about what is an "ideal" relationship. I highly recommend it.

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