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How To Make The Indiest Indie Movie Ever
Cute extrovert girl, meet gawky introvert boy...

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How To Make The Indiest Indie Movie Ever | 3. Choose Some Awesome Parents
3. Choose Some Awesome Parents

Key characteristic: Awesomeness

Optional characteristics: Wisdom; optimism; fairness; cuddliness; eccentricity; a willingness to banter about anything and everything; a love of bickering, family in-jokes and adorable pets.

Though it's tempting to just recast Juno’s Mr. and Mrs. MacGuff (J. K. Simmons and Allison Janney) and Easy A’s Mr. and Mrs. Penderghast (Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson) in your indier-than-indie movie, you can't just copy the pairings outright. Try mixing them up, perhaps - J. K. Simmons and Patricia Clarkson!, Stanley Tucci and Allison Janney! - and hope their rat-a-tat familial banter and general chilled-ness will carry across.

You needn't create a super couple, however. Eccentric, bickering ensemble families can also work, so check out the cast list of the Burnses in Dan In Real Life, the Hoovers in Little Miss Sunshine, the Foxes in Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums in, um, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Allgoods from The Kids Are All Right.

Whoever you cast, what’s key is that they represent the audience member's own family at both their best and their worst (but in the best possible way): their occasional witty repartee at its funniest, their arguments at their most dramatic. Bare in mind that super couples / endearingly dysfunctional families also serve as the endgame for the ongoing romance between the gawky male lead and the manic pixie dream girl – if they work out, they’re going to be as awesome as these two, so it really is worth all this hair-twisting and teeth-gnashing.

Wardrobe: Wooly jumpers, wooly jumpers they themselves made, beanie hats, the appropriate outerwear for their eccentric hobby of their choice (e.g. steamtrain driving, all-body painting, topless jogging), something kooky to amuse the younger member of the family.

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1 90s
Is it just me or is the "indie" flick playing the 90s infront of people who are too young to be nostalgic? i should mention at this point that i am quite partial to "indie" flicks. And I am too young to be nostalgic. Anyway, I'm going to go and play Pokemon on my Gameboy now, while listening to to Cypress Hill and watching Star Trek: Voyager. And then make a film about it. More

Posted by sipi on Wednesday October 17, 2012, 22:20

2 What?
Ellen Page is a must for leading Lady in an Indie flick More

Posted by CambiMan on Tuesday October 16, 2012, 17:21

3 RE: Great Gerwig?
Inde films suck so much 90% of the time. More

Posted by NeoBrowser on Monday October 15, 2012, 04:46

4 Great Gerwig?
Think you might have meant Greta... Unless it was an intentional mistake commentating on her quality in Greenberg. If so hats off. If not claim it was. More

Posted by ahaig on Friday October 12, 2012, 15:01

5 Tony The Teddy Soprano
All them movis are wank, everyone of them. They are all Junos. eXCPET Where The Wild Things Are. The most un-child friendly child movie i ever seen in my life. And the best movie from the past 10 years. Cataclysmically underlooked. More

Posted by burtbondy on Friday October 12, 2012, 10:47

6 E B
With Adjustment Bureau it's more that she's the pretty girl that takes the bored man out of his humdrum existence type thing... More

Posted by Ali Plumb on Friday October 12, 2012, 09:10

7 Todd VanDerWerff Strikes Again
I dont think even he knew Manic Pixie Dream Girl would enter the lexicon so solidly... Dang... I love his blog too. So yeah. Interesting list. More

Posted by kisswithatear on Friday October 12, 2012, 04:06

8 Adjustment Bureau - 'indie'?!
Hardly, I would argue. Unless you're just putting it there just for info on roles that Emily Blunt has played, in which case I apologise. More

Posted by polkadotty5 on Friday October 12, 2012, 01:40

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Is this supposed to be part of your "Indy" week, you punning japesters...? More

Posted by JamieNC on Thursday October 11, 2012, 17:10

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