William Stevenson
August 15, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

XX/XY

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
91 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/11/03
performer
Mark Ruffalo, Maya Stange, Kathleen Robertson
director
Austin Chick
author
Austin Chick
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it a B

An arty little relationship film, Austin Chick’s XX/XY is ultranaturalistic thanks to some fine performances (especially by the always compelling Ruffalo) and some very dark lighting (which can make it hard to tell what’s going on). Ruffalo plays Coles, an animator/adman who falls for pretty party girl Sam (Stange). They also have an on-and-off menage a trois with Thea (Kathleen Robertson). Coles later settles down with Claire (Petra Wright), but a chance encounter with Sam threatens their domestic bliss. Like a relationship, XX/XY isn’t always thrilling; unlike recent Hollywood blockbusters, however, it is at least in touch with reality. EXTRAS Just a couple trailers and Spanish subtitles.

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