Matthew Weiner‘s television series Mad Men deserves to be a classic achievement. His 2014 movie Are You Here, however, has some charm and cleverness, but is disappointingly insufficient.
It asks how viable it is to be a social dropout idealist, which is fine, but then expects us to suspend disbelief time and again. (The dropout’s father, after dying, leaves his entire estate to his radical and feckless son?) Technically sapid (kudos to cinematographer Chris Manley), the film nevertheless becomes sentimental through Owen Wilson‘s hokey tears, and we don’t even care about his character.
Are You Here has been castigated for featuring too much naked flesh, albeit it contains no more of it than, say, Pialat’s Loulou. But Loulou is a much better film.