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Spotlight Screening: ALL ABOUT NINA

  • The Brattle Theatre 40 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)
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(2018) dir Eva Vives w/Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Common, Kate del Castillo, Camryn Manheim, Chace Crawford, Jay Mohr, Beau Bridges [97 min; DCP]

Meet Nina (Winstead). She’s a funny, filthy, feminist comedian. She doesn’t do relationships but she does puke after every gig. In order to fully break from an abusive lover, she moves to LA to audition for a prestigious comedy show a-la Saturday Night Live. While there she meets Rafe (Common), and her commitment to not being committed is challenged by his determined pursuit – and their obvious chemistry.

Anchored by a knockout performance by Winstead and with echoes of recent performances by Tig Notaro and Hannah Gadsby, ALL ABOUT NINA is an excellent contemporary romantic dramedy with a hard-bitten edge. 

“As ALL ABOUT NINA’s fractured protagonist, Mary Elizabeth Winstead delivers an astonishingly raw performance, tearing into her part with the ferocity Nina deserves…Through these complicated and resonant characters, as well as its deft examination of timely matters like trauma, abuse, and sexism in the world of stand-up comedy, ALL ABOUT NINA offers insight into what it means to be a talented, creative woman today.” – Tribeca Film Festival