A couple visiting New York City search for a place to eat in this deceptively simple relationship comedy-drama where mundane indecision unfolds into an intricate mess of larger issues of jealousy, commitment, and beyond.
There’s a problem with every restaurant — the wait is too long, or the menu is loaded with carbs. Kendra (Amy Seimetz) is fine to return to the hotel and get take-out, but Steve (Shane Carruth) won’t allow it because it’s New York on Friday night, and they should be able to find something. As the search for suitable food turns into a full-on ordeal, the couple begins to wrangle with legitimate relationship problems as they endlessly bicker about her mumbling problem or his ex-girlfriend — he wants her to speak up so he doesn’t have to say ‘what’ after everything she says, and she wants him to email his ex to definitively close the door on seeing her. Neither relents and anxiety rises with each passing moment of hunger.
Seimetz and Carruth are compelling as always, vulnerable and funny; director Casey Gooden (producer, Upstream Color) captures their pettiness and growing frustration vividly while shrewdly weaving in relationship context. It's a richly-observed piece brimming with subtle humor and insight made by a group of enormously talented filmmakers. NoBudge is thrilled to present the film as an Online Premiere. (12 minutes)