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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘Downloading Nancy’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…


What I hear, this is like Crash — the Cronenberg one — but instead of automobile accidents, it’s weird stuff on the Internet that gets these freaky people off. So Maria Bello, who’s into this stuff, leaves her husband, Rufus Sewell, who isn’t into it, for Jason Patric, who is into it.

Looks like there’s a whole angle to Internet dating that I’ve never heard of…

Downloading Nancy opens in the U.S. on June 5; no U.K. release date has been announced.



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  • Mimi

    I cannot take another movie title that’s “[Verb]ing [Name].” Seriously. FIND ANOTHER WAY, MOVIE TITLERS.

  • So movie makers are ripping off Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse already?

  • SaintAndy

    I’ve seen it, and, though no film critic, I’ll throw in my humble opinion ..it had the potential to be a thought provoking, memorable film ..but it didn’t live up to the hype.

    I suppose it went wrong the minute they tried to squeeze a love story from the combination of deeply depressed/disturbed/desperate ..etc housewife and creepy yet implausibly attractive weirdo she hires on the Internet to kill her …

    I know it’s supposed to be based on some real events …but come on …you can’t really take sadism and murder and turn them into love, and spice and everything nice …can you?

  • Victor Plenty

    Wow, SaintAndy, now I see where you get the “Saint” part of your moniker — there are vast, soul-corrupting sections of the Internet about which you seem blissfully unaware.

    To preserve your innocence, I’ll summarize. No matter how creepy and gross a thing is, almost always somebody out there is disturbed enough to perceive that thing as “love, and spice, and everything nice.” Finding a creepy abusive guy attractive is implausible to you and me, but inevitable for any person with a particular set of gaps in their psychological defenses.

    That being said, the things I’ve learned through excessively curious Internet exploration have been more than traumatizing enough for one lifetime, so I’ll probably skip this movie, even if my opinion of its artistic merits might be higher than yours.

  • SaintAndy

    Finding a creepy abusive guy attractive is implausible to you and me, but inevitable for any person with a particular set of gaps in their psychological defenses.

    Couldn’t agree more, but I expect from films focused on things as grim as the ones from “Downloading Nancy” not to attempt to glorify/glamorize/justify/romanticize such behaviour … I know films are subjective by nature, and sometimes they try to present as faithfully as possible the perspective of one character …but ..still..

    My main problem with the film was that it seemed to romanticize behaviour which could only be called cruel and criminal …

  • Victor Plenty

    Ah, I see more clearly now where you are coming from. Yes, it’s always a fine line, isn’t it? Does a film merely seek to understand its characters’ disturbed point of view, or does it at some point start to promote that point of view?

    Thank you for sharing your take as to which side of the line this movie seems to veer toward, SaintAndy. I find such information very useful, especially for movies that explore darker aspects of human behavior.

    I only wish somebody had given me a similar warning before I made the mind-searing mistake of watching Se7en, another technically well made movie that I immediately wanted to expunge utterly from my brain.

  • SaintAndy

    I’m happy to help others, although it’s obvious you should take everything you read/hear about films (and other things) with a grain of salt ..obviously because of the amount of subjectivity involved. However, I’m surprised you found Se7en so upsetting …I think that’s the polar opposite of “Downloading Nancy” …can’t really understand what affected you so much.

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