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Love and Other Catastrophes

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Love and Other Catastrophes

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Matthew Dyktynski, Matt Day
Emma-Kate Croghan

We gave it a B

It’s refreshing to find a twentysomething romantic comedy filled with charming characters who don’t kvetch. Or maybe it’s just the cute Australian accents that set first-time director Emma-Kate Croghan’s flick, Love and Other Catastrophes, apart. Either way, one day in the crowded lives of a boyfriendless near graduate (Alice Garner), a commitment-phobic lesbian (Frances O’Connor), a philosophical lothario (Matthew Dyktynski), and a girl-shy med student (Matt Day) has the quartet grappling with amour even as they’re changing majors and finding a housemate. Hewing to Aussie film fashions, Croghan crams in references to American pop culture, slowing her debut’s otherwise solid pacing. But in film, as in love, the first time is rarely flawless. B