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'Listen Up Philip' is a toxic triumph
'Listen Up Philip' is a toxic triumph

Jason Schwartzman in "Listen Up Philip" plays a frosty, frothy, Faustian Philip Roth-ian narcissist novelist with such an acid tongue you'll wonder if someone has spirited away the usually sweet, self-deprecating actor and stashed him in a trunk somewhere. And then you won't care because the terribly unlikable Philip Lewis Friedman is so brilliantly conceived by indie auteur Alex Ross Perry and so audaciously played by Schwartzman. While the intolerance fueling this dark, existential comedy won't be to everyone's liking, the film's cerebral beat-down is a strange and sardonic thing of beauty. Perry puts an eclectic ensemble of players around...

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