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: