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Frownland (2008) It takes daring to build a film around a discombobulated loser who sells coupons and can barely splutter out a sentence; it takes vision to… 2008-03-09 Unrated PT106M Comedy Paul Grimstad Dore Mann Frownland
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Frownland (2008)

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Dore Mann, Frownland | MAKING IT REGISTER Dore Mann's performance as a loser coupon salesman in the startling comedy Frownland is impossible to discount
MAKING IT REGISTER Dore Mann's performance as a loser coupon salesman in the startling comedy Frownland is impossible to discount
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Mar 09, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 106 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Paul Grimstad and Dore Mann; Distributor: Frownland

It takes daring to build a film around a discombobulated loser who sells coupons and can barely splutter out a sentence; it takes vision to make his desperation ours. Frownland, Ronald Bronstein's startling comedy, is like a mumblecore Eraserhead directed by John Cassavetes. It's a look at a New York ''bohemia'' that's passed its expiration date. You may not realize that Dore Mann, who's like the harmless twit son of Son of Sam, is acting, but when he lurches through a nightmare party as ''Jailhouse Rock'' echoes, he's as poignant as a modern-day Hunchback of Notre-Dame. A-

Originally posted Mar 12, 2008 Published in issue #983 Mar 21, 2008 Order article reprints