Though expecting to hate the tale of beauty and the button-down, it turns out writer-director Jill Soloway has actually created a frequently amusing slice of mumblecore realism.

Finally Kathryn Hahn has been given a chance to do some acting rather than pull faces in the background, and her suppressed energy means there is always an authentic measure of tension bubbling underneath the yuppie surface.

A pot can only bubble for so long before it boils though – shame, as that’s when it all becomes a little melodramatic. Still, we had a good run – all sixty minutes of it.

A little film with little to say – but what it does, it does with a refreshing conviction and winning performances.

Rating: 3/5


CAST: Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch

DIRECTOR: Jill Soloway

WRITER: Jill Soloway

SYNOPSIS: Frustrated with her (lack of a) sex life, Rachel takes in a young stripper as both an effort to save her marriage and increase her self-worth.