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Listen Up Philip

A new comedy dissects some of the tropes about writing and famous writers

In Alex Ross Perry's new dark comedy, Philip (Jason Schwartzmann), a self-absorbed New York City-based novelist, has an eventful few months: He loses a girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss), but gains a mentor in Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce), a once-successful novelist now living on fumes in the country. Zimmerman invites Philip to stay at his rural home, and schools him on being even more self-absorbed. There are some wry observations on the nature of writing and writers (the end credits feature an amusing selection of cover art from Zimmerman's many novels), and those who don't mind the navel-gazing whinging from Philip might appreciate the dissection of various "famous writer" tropes.

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