Director: Alex Ross Perry
Writer: Alex Ross Perry
Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, Jonathan Pryce, Josephine De La Baume
Studio: Tribeca Film

“Listen Up Philip” reminds me that the New York City that exists in the minds of the intellectual elite and hipster douches must suck balls. Writers are tasked with the most important issues involving self-indulgent books that just can’t get finished. Some readers and viewers will say that this is a movie about modern artists. That’s a slap in the face to true artists that work their asses off in slavish conditions. This is a movie about egos only checked by group opinion.

Jason Schwartzman has been riding high on Hipster Cinema for quite some time. I hope that he was aware of his particular station, as he rides the film to the end point of that position. His character knows that he’s never going to be as good as people believe. That being said, he can continue to strive to be the best person that his audience believes they want. More than anything, this is a film that focuses on the fact that the Emperor has no clothes.

By the end of the movie, I threw my hands up and I stopped caring. While “Listen Up Philip” isn’t a bad movie, the subject matter represents the worst in humanity. While I don’t appreciate dumbasses, I don’t tolerate whiny artist elites that claim that what they have to say matters the most because they believe they’re better than being a sandwich artist. It doesn’t matter if they get a modicum of success or stay slumming it, that mindset that demands attention remains the same. When I realized that the film was attacking that mindset and almost celebrating the creation just blew my mind. But, it’s a frustrating movie that left me annoyed and desperately wanting to forget what I saw. I’ll come back to it in a few months, but I feel a little mentally burned right now.


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