In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)

In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)

Released: 2007
Genre: Comedy, Genre, Romance
Director: Alex Holdridge
Starring: Brian McGuire, Sara Simmonds, Scoot McNairy, ,
Run time: 90 min
IMDb: 7.2/10
Country: USA
Views: 125054


On New Year’s Eve, Wilson, a twenty-nine-year old guy has just had the worst year of his life. He emigrated to Los Angeles, has no date, no concrete plans and every intention of locking the doors and forgetting the last year ever happened. That is until his best friend, Jacob, browbeats him into posting a personal ad on Craig’s List. When Vivian, a strong-willed woman hell bent on being with the right guy at the stroke of midnight responds, a chaotic, sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching journey through the black and white streets of L.A. begins. In the waning hours of the year, emotional vulnerability and bitterly honest humor seem to be waiting around every corner.
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User Reviews: To tell the truth I wasn’t really expecting much from this indie romantic comedy. Much in the line of other great indie movies like "Clerks", "Before Sunrise" or "Walking and Talking" nothing much happens in this movie apart from a lot of talking. Wilson (Scoot McNairy), a scriptwriter going through a terrible patch in life, is caught jerking off to his best friend’s girl photoshopped picture. This naturally is the newest low in his disastrously low last three months. More entertained than mad his pal convinces Wilson to sign up to a dating service as ‘The Misanthrope’ in an attempt to avoid him having to spend New Year’s alone. His first hit is Vivian (Sara Simmonds), a Texan girl, who has just left her man and is out to dominate in an attempt to have a fun night out. After a not-so-good initial meeting the pair suddenly seem to start hitting it off… but will they last till midnight and the midnight kiss? Funny, honest and filled with those awkward moments that populate any real conversation this is a refreshing change of pace from most American movies. There is absolutely nothing to distract you from the picture in the shape of cinematography (which is adequate and somewhat amateurish), music and other such typical movie filler. Therefore the dialogues and interaction of characters has to work in order for the movie to hit home. Several times I felt the movie is close to falling off the edge, but time after time it miraculously pounces back to make a heartwarming and almost perfect finale. I must admire the script as a whole, although not all of the conversations really seemed to work and some scenes seemed forcibly overcooked.

Scoot McNairy almost singlehandedly keeps this picture together with a commanding if reserved and exceptionally natural performance. The rest of the cast is OKish with Sara Simmonds sometimes giving in a strong performance, but multiple scenes she borders on being irritating and unlikeable. Somehow even when in danger of that happening the director with the aid of McNairy manages to put the movie back on track. And the last 15 minutes or so are really poignant and make the whole experience extremely worthwhile.

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