Bookends

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4.51h200918+
Woody Allen's gay love child, Matt Riddlehoover, scores with his insightful second feature! With a casual conversational tone likened to "Hannah and Her Sisters," Riddlehoover sucks you into this deceptively cheerful film.
Directors
Matt Riddlehoover
Starring
Matt RiddlehooverJonas BrandonLindsey Hancock
Genres
ComedyDramaLGBTQ
Subtitles
English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Tia ShearerStarina Johnson
Producers
Matt Riddlehoover
Studio
Made It Myself Pictures
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3.5 out of 5 stars

27 global ratings

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John H. PicconeReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not sure what the point of that was.
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Matt Riddlehoover is adorable, but this film is a mess, and the poor sound quality coupled with the chronic mumbling, non-linear storytelling and indistinct characters makes this very difficult to follow, not helped by the way nothing really happens. I had to constantly rewind just to figure out what people were saying.

The dialog is naturalistic, but unless you're not an upper-middle class white person and don't really associate with any, you'll have a hard time paying attention to what seems like everyday life to you.

Non-linear is fine, but you can't have several different recent periods you keep flashing to and still allow the audience to invest in the story. Also, I'm not sure how 20-somethings can have that boring a party. I've been to 70-something parties at my parents' that are hundreds of times more fun and exciting than this. The dialog is realistic, but also vacuous - not one person says anything interesting or insightful in the entire film.
Lost in VegasReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2014
2.0 out of 5 stars
Endless
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The partygoers were natural and realistic, dialogue was spot-on believable, but the movie lacked a heart or a purpose. What the hell was it about? Eventually, when you are watching eight strangers at a party, you want to see something happen, and not much did here. I think there was potential here but it was never realized.
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TurtleBearReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Happy f'ing birthday.
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Ok. Who hasnt, either, had or been to a birthday party like this?
sir parker jonesReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
bookends
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In the beginning it was all over the place ...a bit confusing but intriguing...like a Woody Allen film... with a message. I liked it. It was different more artsy. Acting was great...story captivating and characters had interest.
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Jean-LucReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Read this before you buy it.
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i am trying to figure out if the movie was bad, or if you are suppose to form your own conclusions of what just happened. Each of the characters share a special relationship with each other but you can't figure out what that is. Confusing? Yes, try watching it and you'll be even more confused.
BillReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2014
1.0 out of 5 stars
boring
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The movie jumps around too much. I found it difficult to figure out what story is trying to be told. Waste of time and money
2 people found this helpful
Marketing Professor in ConnecticutReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2012
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nihilism?
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Is this film an exercise in Nihlism? I'm unsure. But it is certainly a dreary piece of work. I'm working my way through Matt Riddlehoover's "body of work," and yes I realize the quotation marks there are bitchy, but while other of his works show some glimpse of talent, this one shows nothing--not even a clear look at his ridiculously handsome visage. Sure this film was made on a shoe string, and sure he was VERY young when he made it, but I've seen film school projects that were more interesting. I wish I could find out more about his upbringing and scholastic training. I have found nothing in his press coverage that explains his move from Bermuda, to Charleston, and then to Nashville. There must be a good story there, right? Maybe he should tell that story on film.
5 people found this helpful
ZtegasaurusReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Matt Riddlehoover is my kind of man.
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Matt lives up to his captivating style. He certainly knows how to chew the scenery. I look forward to more from him.
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