Reviewed bymaryagnesmcmahonVote: 9/10/10
I got a chance to watch this movie in one of it's promotional venuesand I'm so glad I did! Not being a huge movie buff, I didn't know whatto expect from seeing a film in that type of scenario. Firstly, theacting was superior to many other mainstream movies I've seen recently.In addition, the thoughtful plot provided refreshing insight intocharacter development for this coming of age story. Never havingexperienced these characters' same situations, it really struck abalance for me with being novel and relatable at the same. It picks upon archetypal themes without being redundant. Plus the soundtrack issuperb. If given the opportunity, I highly recommend you see this film.
Reviewed byJessie PittVote: 10/10/10
I really loved this movie because it was something I could reallyrelate to. When I was younger my best friend and I were inseparable andthen went our separate ways for college. We each had our own adventuresbut it was not easy and something I couldn't really explain to my newfriends. This movie captures the hardships of being young and on yourown and how you grow along the way. With its humorous, happy, a timesuneasy, and sad parts of the film it really captures how I felt and howlife really is. I felt personally connected to this story and it'ssomething I am sure others can too. On top that, the way to movie wasfilmed is tremendous and the sound track is top notch. I can't wait forit to come out on CD (i-tunes) so I can get it asap. You shoulddefinitely see this movie, it will make you smile.
Reviewed bybenjycucklandVote: 10/10/10
I really really really loved this film (9.5/10!). I consider myselfsomething of a film buff and an expert on New York (I lived in NYC from1997-2004. Yes, during 9/11). I saw this movie in Los Angeles and wasabsolutely enchanted! Even though I'm a guy and the main characters aregirls, I very much related to this amazingly accurate portrayal of whatit's like to move to New York to "begin your life". It deals so wellwith the divide between what you want/expect and what the real world isactually like. The visuals are great and the many of the characters aredownright hilarious! I have recommended Not Waving But Drowning to manypeople and they are never disappointed. I am eagerly awaiting the nextfilm by this fabulous young writer/director Devyn Waitt!!!
Leaving small town life in her dust, Adele(Vanessa Ray) moves wide eyed to New York City, and her best friend Sara(Megan Guinan) stuck in their hometown. Separate for the first time in their lives, the film charts new relationships with boys, girls and eccentric old ladies (Adam Driver, Isabelle McNally, and Lynn Cohen). Beautiful music sequences capture fleeting emotions as their lives move in unexpected directions. "Not Waving But Drowning" is paired with "The Most Girl Part of You" a dark, but sweet short film. This piece stars newcomers Lili Reinhart and Ryan Munzert and is also directed by Devyn Waitt. "The Most Girl Part of You" is based on a short story of the same name by acclaimed author Amy Hempel (At The Gates Of The Animal Kingdom, The Collected Stories)