Cobie Smulders

Plenty to recommend in ensemble indie 'The Intervention'

Plenty to recommend in ensemble indie 'The Intervention'

The weekend-away-with-friends indie has become a safe testing ground for first-time feature directors: one (typically pretty) location reduces certain production stresses, while a large cast allows plenty of room to discover what works and what doesn’t. In the case of actress Clea DuVall’s debut as writer-director, a four-couple stew called “The Intervention,” there’s little in the way of relationship mishigas you haven’t seen before. But as an unfussy, dryly amusing and sincere look at men and women pondering emotional pivots in their lives, it’s plenty likable.

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