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we were just discussing whether or not our movie would be more popular if we had giant, fighting robots in it. whaddya think?

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Tilly Hatcher, Maggie Hatcher, Alex Karpovsky, Katy O’Connor, Anne Dodge

Lauren: Have a good trip!
Amanda: Thank you.  You too!
Lauren: Yeah, I’ll have a good trip to the…grocery store…or something.

Jeannie (Tilly Hatcher) is a small business owner trying to deal with some conflict between herself and her business partner, Amanda (Dodge).  Meanwhile, Jeannie’s twin sister, Lauren (Maggie Hatcher), is looking for a teaching job that may take her far overseas, but, sadly, away from her sister.

This is one of those movies that takes you into the minutiae of a few characters’ daily lives.  There’s a thin plot, but it’s mostly a look into the lives of these sisters and some of their acquaintances.

The two lead actresses, Tilly and Maggie Hatcher, have only one small film to their credit before this one, but they are both charming, natural performers.  Not all of the non-actors fair as well, but fortunately Jeannie, Lauren, and their friend Merrill (Karpovsky) are the main focus.

I found the occasional plot about Jeannie and her seemingly deadbeat business partner to be interesting, but I have to admit that some of the other random scenes, while realistic in their simplicity, were tedious.  Common little conversations and daily activities can be interesting if they help drive the story or develop characters, but it seems like too many small independent movies believe these scenes are necessary to lend the movie more realism.  I agree that it makes the world of the characters feel more real, but it also makes me realize that I don’t want to sit and watch people do mundane things if I don’t have to.

It’s a watchable movie (if you don’t mind slow, character driven movies), mostly due to the Hatcher sisters, with some amusing and romantic moments, but it’s hard to recommend it strongly when I so often found myself asking, “why was this part filmed exactly…??”

Read your business contract closely before signing anything.

10 – 2.5 for all those scenes that are somewhat pointless and hard to sit through – .6 for some sub-par acting from the non-actor supporting cast = 6.9