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Nick is a chronic over-analyzer, hell-bent on finding value and purpose in a world of mass information and technological obsession. He finds his job as a corporate attorney tedious and morally questionable, representing an embattled hedge fund manager whom Nick has more in common with than he'd like to admit. Nick's parents appear content to allow their once close relationship with their son to devolve into an exchange of Saturday pleasantries and superficial anecdotes. His closest friends seem to have lost sight of what first drew them to one another, satisfied with their lives as philanderers and budding parents, forgetting that they once aspired for more. And through it all there is Emily, Nick's eternally forgiving and compassionate girlfriend, the pillar of strength and calm to his wayward spirit - and yet Nick is terrified of transforming into the man he knows she deserves.
At times aggressive and at other points wistful, Nick is in so many ways his own worst enemy. But a part of you can't shake the idea that Nick is on to something. That what he says is true - that modern society has stacked the deck against us, condemning anyone who searches too deeply to a world of isolation and futility.
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