QFest 2012: Nate & Margaret review

Margaret is a lonely 52-year-old aspiring comedienne with major hangups about past parental abuse and failed love affairs.  She works out her issues through her comedy, which broadens thanks to the input of her young neighbor Nate, an inexperienced homosexual and her only friend.  While Margaret embraces honesty for the sake of her act and makes a name for herself in the process, aspiring filmmaker Nate starts a relationship with a club-obsessed scoundrel who teaches him a valuable lesson about relationships.  The whole thing is ridiculously sweet, sickeningly so at times, but it has such a good heart that it’s difficult to criticize.  Light fluff that’s instantly forgettable; Ebert and The New York Times gave it decent reviews, I think they may have had a reaction similar to mine.

Nate & Margaret screens this Wednesday, July 18 at 7:00 PM, and Thursday, July 19 at 5:00 PM as part of the Philadelphia QFest 2012.

Official site.

Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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