Joe Swanberg
Owen Gleiberman
September 05, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hannah Takes the Stairs

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
83 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/22/07
distributor
IFC First Take
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

They speak in oddly incomplete yet articulate sentences; they have blogs and hobbies and, on occasion, real jobs. Beyond that, what defines the slacker-geek twentysomething men and women who wander through Joe Swanberg’s too-hip-to-be-romantic comedy Hannah Takes the Stairs is that they treat their libidos as minor accessories — only to stammer through every casual conversation as if they were on a first Internet date. Hannah (Greta Gerwig), the peroxided heroine, leaps from one hookup to the next, but is she searching for passion or just treading water? In the new generational film movement that’s been dubbed ”Mumblecore,” it’s often hard to tell the difference. B-

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