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[Spoilers] THR Review: Imogene

Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s clever mix of movie, TV and stage stars includes Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss and Christopher Fitzgerald

Witty acting and sharp observation of the great New York/New Jersey divide push Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s Imogene up several notches from the conventional comedy it keeps aspiring to be. It’s almost as though the bitchy acidity of the opening scenes in Manhattan were too sophisticated for life on the New Jersey shore, and Michelle Morgan’s energetic script pulls back to nice, accordingly. If overall on the disappointing side for fans of the directors of American Splendorand Cinema Verité, the film has a clever mix of movie, TV and stage stars, including Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Kristen Wiig and Darren Criss, who should help broadcast its appeal to diversified audiences. 

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[LA Times] Toronto 2012: Kristen Wiig film 'Imogene' finds a buyer

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are making a bet on the rising stock of Kristen Wiig, purchasing the U.S. theatrical rights to her latest starrer, “Imogene,” Monday night. 

The deal marks the second significant buy from Roadside Attractions, which sealed another purchase earlier today for the rights to Sarah Polley’s quasi-documentary “Stories We Tell.”

In “Imogene,” Wiig plays a failed playwright who fakes her own suicide after her boyfriend leaves her and she gets fired from her magazine job. The film costars Annette Bening,Matt Dillon and “Glee’s” Darren Criss.

The distributors have yet to set a release date for the film from directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, and it’s still unclear whether the film will have a significant video-on-demand play to accompany its theatrical release.

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[LA Times] Toronto International Film Festival: 'Imogene' makers hope for redemption

Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman started well with ‘American Splendor’ but ran into trouble with 'Nanny Diaries’ and 'Extra Man.’ With a cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening and Matt Dillon, the pair think they have a winning formula.

Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s debut feature, the offbeat comic book adaptation “American Splendor,” was greeted with so much success when it came out in 2003 that the filmmaking duo couldn’t imagine things going any other way.

“We had this level of delusion that a lot of first-time filmmakers have but maybe multiplied because of the reception,” Pulcini said of the Paul Giamatti movie, which HBO’s film division allowed them to make with little interference and which went on to become an Oscar nominee and art house hit. “We thought, 'It’s always going to be this easy.’”

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