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In Search Of A Midnight Kiss Review

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On New Year's Eve in LA, Wilson (Scoot McNairy) is a 29-year old guy who has just had the worst year of his life. His plans for a quiet night in are disrupted when his best friend, Jacob (Brian McGuire), browbeats him into posting a personal ad and he meets Vivian (Sara Simmonds), a strong-willed woman hell bent on being with the right guy at the stroke of midnight.

★★★★

Lovingly photographed in a monochrome that recalls Woody Allen’s Manhattan, this is a slickly scripted rom-com following wannabe scripter Scoot McNairy as he tries to find a date for New Year’s Eve. Having been caught by his housemate masturbating over a Photoshopped image of said housemate’s girlfriend, McNairy advertises for a companion online and spends an idyllic day kvetching around Los Angeles with Sara Simmonds, a chain-smoking blonde who shares his jaundiced view of the world. Their banter is laced with quick wit, but there’s also a real sense of the hard times that have made Simmonds such a tough cookie. Imperfect, but irresistible.

Lovingly photographed in a monochrome that recalls Woody Allen’s Manhattan, this is a slickly scripted rom-com.