Main Plot Points:
- Listen Up Philip is a literary look at the triumph of reality over the human spirit. Anger rages in Philip (Jason Schwartzman, Rushmore, The Grand Budapest Hotel) as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel.
- He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, The One I Love), and his indifference to promoting his own work. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce, Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject – himself.
What We Thought:
- Listen Up Philip is the latest pretentious writer movie that I didn’t really like.
- I’m so not a fan of these types of films. Based in New York about smug, pretentious, hipster-ish writer types, none of it works for me. I want to punch all the characters, not listen to them.
- Jason Schwartzman plays a teacher and writer and well to be blunt, an asshole. I hated this character, HATED. There is nothing about him worth rooting for or caring about. What makes these idiots think the world owes them something simply because they wrote a book or two? Ugh.
- I like Elisabeth Moss, I wish it was more about her. She plays his girlfriend, then they break up, they tell a bit about her character, but ultimately it is all about Philip unfortunately.
- I’m thinking Noah Baumbach fans might like this. It feels like something of his although to be honest, at least his films seem to have a point or a message. I have no idea what I was supposed to learn from a jerk I want to punch in the face.
- I just don’t get the world these characters live in. I don’t get the whole New York, lots of words that mean nothing lifestyle. I can’t honestly tell you the point of the Krysten Ritter character or how spending time with the older author didn’t change Philip.
- Listen Up Philip isn’t for me. I pretty much wanted all the characters to be gone and for the movie to end quickly.
- Deleted Scenes
- Teaser Trailer
- Behind the Scenes
- Book Covers
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Elisabeth Moss
- Jason Schwartzman
- Krysten Ritter
Recommended if You Like:
- The Squid and the Whale
- New York Based Writer Movies
- Pretentious Films