Woodley) is the kind of person who finds herself drifting in her own life.
In the span of one week, she lost her job, ended her relationship with her
boyfriend, and moved in with her sister. Well, actually, the
bathhouse of her sister and her husband. The good news is that she
gets along well with them, and adores her little niece. The bad news
is that living there reminds her of how little she's accomplished in her
life. Her best friends seem to be in her drawing group, which meets
twice a week to practice their art, but also to talk about their lives.
She admits to them that she doesn't have any direction right now.
She looks for a job in her field---working with art museums in
publicity---but it's specialized, and you usually have to know someone to
get in. The "mother figure" in her art group, Ingrid (Kyra
Sedwgwick) suggests that she take a sabbatical from men, from
relationships, and from everything that's distracting her from finding
herself. She agrees to this, and adds, with her pregnant sister, the
promise that she'll quit drinking, as well, at least during the pregnancy.
Sister solidarity, you know. But Daphne's restlessness prevails.
She meets a guy at her sister's party, and though at first she wants to
keep it simple and just talk, she soon succumbs to her previous habits.
She's intimate with him. And she's drinking again, as well as
smoking constantly. But she tells herself she's happy. Then,
to confuse matters, she meets another man, who's a friend of the first.
And when the first guy goes out of town, well, she quickly gets intimate
with the other guy. When she tells her group about all this, Ingrid
asks her what happened to her sabbatical, and Daphne says she wasn't happy
being alone. Ingrid responds, "How would you know? You've
never tried it."
we have a classic love triangle, which ought to create a lot of tension,
but mostly it's just confusion. And things get even more confused
when she discovers she's pregnant. OK, what happened to clarity of
purpose? And why is she still drinking and smoking? And what has she
decided about whom she wants to be with? Well, the correct Zen
answer seems to be that she needs to learn to love herself, and the
extension of herself, her baby. But have we become so individualized
that the larger circle of interlocking relationships can easily be
ignored? Daphne decides to try harder to relate to her Mom, who just
re-married, to someone she doesn't really know. It seems the guys in
this film are not the decision-makers. Shailene Woodley is an
established actor, she has a lot of screen time, and the camera likes her.
Too bad she doesn't have a better vehicle to display her talents.
This one starts slowly, bogs down quickly, and trudges along to a