Walking and Talking

Released 1996


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Nicole Holofcener
Walking and Talking is a charming slice-of-life 1996 comedy from writer/director Nicole Holofcener ("Friends with Money"). Laura (Anne Heche) and Amelia (Catherine Keener) have been best friends since sixth grade. They share everything in their lives, including a New York City apartment until Laura moves in with her fianc'' Frank (Todd Field). While Laura easily manages the transition, Amelia faces an unsatisfying existence with a dying cat and a platonic ex-boyfriend, Andrew (Liev Schreiber), with a pornography addiction. While Laura keeps busy with wedding plans and a successful therapy practice, Amelia tries to jumpstart her romantic life by turning to a video store clerk the girls had previously dubbed "Bill the Ugly Guy" (Kevin Corrigan). The film blends sharp dialogue, realistic situations and keen observations on the changing nature of friendship, love and life's possibilities. The exceptional cast brings warmth and humor to the relationships, particularly Schreiber as the lovable, sexually charged former boyfriend.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Concentrating on the fine-tuned trivia that fuels so much television comedy, it also creates two bright, appealing heroines and watches them face life's little insults with fresh, ...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It's a downright refreshing experience to be presented with people you can identify with, recognize yourself in them, without being asked to like them.

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Eventually, the impression is created of notes for good scenes full of pungent observations and sharp asides, but without fully developed drama or emotion, leaving a sketchy, wispy...

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