The Land of Steady Habits (2018)
Critic Consensus: With typically sharp work from writer-director Nicole Holofcener and finely layered performances, The Land of Steady Habits is one mid-life crisis worth watching.
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A great actor when his motor is running fast, Mendelsohn is surprisingly attractive at slower speeds and better when Holofcener makes him twist.
Laying it all out with a piercing authenticity, Holofcener makes us hope that the wait till her next feature is not quite so long.
The decision to spend a little time on a lot of different characters results in a splintered story that muddles - rather then clarifies - its protagonist's roundabout journey back to himself.
Really bad decisions are made, people lie, no one convincingly grows. Lest this be taken as biting commentary, the music, stilted dialogue and epilogue assure us it's in earnest.
As the tone wobbles between absurdity and tragedy, it also starts to shift toward something deeper and more bittersweet than mere midlife ennui.
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