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‘Midnight’ is not Mumblecore

'Midnight' is not Mumblecore

I meant to include this in my recent writings about Alex Holdridge’s In Search of a Midnight Kiss, but I totally forgot. I was reminded when the fourth person in 24 hours came up to me today and I mentioned I really liked the film. They, not having seen it, responded “Oh yeah, that’s a mumblecore movie right?” And each time, I’ve shouted back, “No, no, no.” There are some thematic connections (20-something love in a technological revolution) and personal connections (Holdridge is a friend and fan of Joe Swanberg, The Duplasses, etc.) but as a whole, In Search of a Midnight Kiss could not be more unlike “mumblecore.” It’s a much more straightforward romantic comedy, with clear story structures and a very definitive arc.

So while, on the surface, it may be easy label the film as “mumblecore,” it’s more a distant cousin of that genre. Now you know. Besides, what is a “mumblecore” film anyway? Is that just gonna become the lazy label for any American indie romantic story with no famous actors? Hopefully people will try a little harder and realize there’s more to all these films (“mumblecore” or otherwise) than meets the eye.

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