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by Chris Pomorski
October 10, 2012 9:39 AM
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Watch: Jennifer Carpenter in Exclusive Trailer for NYC Romance, 'Ex-Girlfriends' (VIDEO)

Kristen Connolly and Alexander Poe in "Ex-Girlfriends"

The trailer for newcomer Alexander Poe's "Ex-Girlfriends," which premieres this month at the Austin Film Festival, opens with a second-person greeting reminiscent of Jay McInerney's famed first sentence from his '80s novel of 20-something New York, "Bright Lights, Big City." Like that book, "Ex-Girlfriends" plumbs the often-comic fallout of young urban romance in various states of disintegration.

Having bumped into his former-girlfriend Laura (Kristen Connolly) at a party, Graham (Poe) struggles to win her back even as he discovers her involvement with the same man his friend Kate (Jennifer Carpenter) -- another ex -- is pursuing.

The film's trailer yields a melange of sweaters, irony and twee acoustic rock that will be familiar to fans of indie comedy, as well as the mix of knowing barbs and hard-won empathy that has lately made the genre fertile territory.  

"Ex-Girlfriends" comes out in New York and on cable/broadband VOD November 30. Watch the trailer, exclusive to Indiewire, below:


  • John | October 10, 2012 10:50 AMReply

    Ha, yeah I think maybe "NYC Romance" might have been slightly more accurate. Still, looks fun, I'd check it out.

  • Mark | October 10, 2012 9:57 AMReply

    OK. I thought "urban" was Hollywood-speak for African-American or Latino American films. LOL. (Sorry, I've always found the use of the word "urban" to equate to people of color was ludicrous because many live in suburban or rural communities and not major cities.)