Tonye Patano

'Diving Normal' explores deep emotional waters

'Diving Normal' explores deep emotional waters

"Diving Normal" is a poignant, often introspective drama whose few lapses into melodrama are outweighed by the strong character work in the film's unlikely love triangle.

Based on a play by Ashlin Halfnight, who adapted the script with actor-producers Scotty Crowe and Philipp Karner, the film tracks the odd couple friendship between Brooklyn neighbors Fulton (Karner), a handsome graphic novelist, and Gordon (Crowe), a hyper-attentive library staffer with, it would seem, Asperger syndrome (though it's never identified). Enter Fulton's old high school classmate, Dana (Susie Abromeit), a model-beautiful health worker who's in recovery for drug and alcoholic...

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