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Hannah Takes the Stairs

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Joe Swanberg

Hannah Takes the Stairs

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
83 minutes
Limited Release Date:
08/22/07
distributor:
IFC First Take
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B-

They speak in oddly incomplete yet articulate sentences; they have blogs and hobbies and, on occasion, real jobs. Beyond that, what defines the slacker-geek twentysomething men and women who wander through Joe Swanberg’s too-hip-to-be-romantic comedy Hannah Takes the Stairs is that they treat their libidos as minor accessories — only to stammer through every casual conversation as if they were on a first Internet date. Hannah (Greta Gerwig), the peroxided heroine, leaps from one hookup to the next, but is she searching for passion or just treading water? In the new generational film movement that’s been dubbed ”Mumblecore,” it’s often hard to tell the difference. B-

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