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Review: The Color Wheel

A black-and-white road movie
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 29, 2011
1.5 1.5 Stars

Alex Ross Perry's self-consciously coy indulgence reminds me of the work of Diablo Cody, but slighter and more irritating. And as Colin, his insufferable protagonist, Perry resembles Michael Cera, only higher-pitched. Everyone hates Colin; you will too. Is that the point? His girlfriend, no charmer herself, holds him in contempt, and so does his sister JR (Carlen Altman), who asks him to help her move out of the Boston apartment of her paramour professor, with whom she's broken up. So Colin and JR drive north, and a black-and-white (ironic, given the title!) road movie begins, and the miserable odd couple meet a variety of stereotypes, from redneck assholes to preppie assholes, culminating with the professor, who is both hateful and smug. All backed by Colin's squeaky chatter, a mixture of self-loathing and arrogance, with bon mots ranging from not-so-funny whimsy to oh-so-hip racist jokes. I liked this film better when it was The Puffy Chair.

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