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does ‘Gigantic’ qualify as mumblecore?

from the review by Mark Taylor:

Matt Aselton’s debut feature, Gigantic doesn’t officially qualify as a mumblecore movie according to David Denby’s recent definition in the New Yorker, but it comes pretty damn close. Its main characters are young, “intermittently employed,” and fall into bed (or into the back seat) after an awkward flirtation. Brian (Paul Dano) lives in “moderately hip poverty” and isn’t particularly driven in the career department. He is only slightly articulate when describing his emotions, which range from somewhat beleaguered to slightly overwhelmed…

…It’s fun to watch two extremely quirky actors play such oddball characters, and to view a film that drops all pretense to realism. These characters with these particular motivations exist only in a certain kind of independent film. They come together, blurt out frank and challenging statements, act and react with the off-kilter spontaneity one — at least this one — rarely finds in real life, no matter how bohemian or alternative.