Mr. Jealousy

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Released 1998

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Mr. Jealousy

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Director:
Noah Baumbach
Released:
1998
Rating:
R
Mr. Jealousy is a 1997 romantic comedy about a struggling school teacher named Lester Grimm (Eric Stoltz), who is obsessed with his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, Dashiell Frank (Chris Eigeman), a hugely successful novelist. Frank's audiotape books are read by Tom Cruise, he is constantly recognized on the street and he is often called "the voice of his generation." Grimm has literary ambitions of his own but has failed to get his work published. Suspicious that his girlfriend, Ramona Ray (Annabella Sciorra), has rekindled her romance with Dashiell, Lester joins the novelist's group therapy sessions. Posing as his friend Vince, he hopes to learn what the relationship really is between Dashiell and Ramona. Meanwhile, Vince insists that Lester bring up Vince's actual psychological issues to the group for the free psychiatric advice. Will Ramona find out about Lester's ruse? Will Lester finally get over his jealousy? Mr. Jealousy is written and directed by Noah Baumbach.

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  • 63

    Boston Globe Jay Carr

    The ensemble quality is high and likable, even if Baumbach's inventiveness as a writer falters after the film's sweet, savvy beginning. [12 June 1998]

  • 50

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    Where the movie goes wrong is that it sets itself up as a study of a pathological personality but never delivers.

  • 33

    Entertainment Weekly Bruce Fretts

    Have there ever been two less energetic stars than Eric Stoltz and Annabella Sciorra? Casting this diffident duo in an allegedly romantic comedy proves disastrous; they suck the ai...

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