'The Boy Downstairs: Special Edition'
(Zosia Mamet, Matthew Shear, Deirdre O'Connell, Sarah Ramos, Diana Irvine, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / 2018 / Filmrise - MVD Visual)
Overview: A young woman is forced to reflect on her first relationship when she inadvertently moves into her ex-boyfriend's apartment building.
Blu-ray Verdict: Simply put, if you don't like "emotional journey" films about millennial's you will not like this film.
Diana (Zosia Mamet) is an aspiring writer, as in she hasn't actually published anything yet. She is moving back to New York after some time in London.
She rents a spacious brownstone apartment only to find out later that the person renting the apartment downstairs is Ben - the guy she had a serious relationship with and broke up with before she went to London.
Reasoning that it was about him being trapped and shackled to her aspirations when in fact she was just afraid of stepping into that cosmic void called commitment, now things have just gotten a whole lot more complicated!
What makes it interesting? Diana is not classically beautiful. In fact, objectively, she is physically plain bordering on homely. The nice thing is that this does not seem to effect her confidence. The nicer thing is this is not about an ugly duckling turning into a swan - she has the same uneven bite, stringy hair, and dark eyebrows that do not match her blonde hair at the end of the film that she had at the start.
What makes it really interesting are the little things - Diana working retail at a tony "wedding store" where she gets yelled at by customers who are much richer and prettier than she is about things (colors available) over which she has no control.
Her very beautiful friend finding out that the guy to whom she is very attracted is just stashing her - she is a friend with benefits without the friendship - she is a "plate" to use red pill language; Ben's live in girlfriend thinking that every chance encounter is Diana obsessing over Ben; and maybe she is obsessing, but most of the time Diana really is just raking leaves or returning a mis-delivered package.
The weird stuff? In what universe do 20 somethings who are aspiring writers and musicians get to live in upscale Manhattan brownstones while working for minor duckets at a retail job?
Celebrities live in those kinds of places! But then that would make the film about battling bedbugs and detract from the emotional turmoil. Oh, and it's also weird to have a landlady with whom you have no history, who is 30 years older than you, suddenly want to become "besties". Maybe in Nebraska, but not in New York!
One more thing - something that confused me at first, but is actually a feature of the film. It goes back and forth between Diana's present and her past relationship with Ben. If you don't get that you'll think Ben is cheating on his girlfriend with Diana one minute and acting ambivalent towards Diana the next. He is not, but therein lies the inner beauty of this very thoughtful film. This is a Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery