Shortcomings at Real Art Ways

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“A wickedly funny, absorbing character study.” –

“The movie is funny and touching, with star-making performances and a script full of lovely, self-aware little touches…” – The New York Times

“A profoundly perceptive movie.” – Playlist


Ben, a struggling filmmaker, lives in Berkeley, California, with his girlfriend, Miko, who works for a local Asian American film festival. When he’s not managing an arthouse movie theater as his day job, Ben spends his time obsessing over unavailable blonde women, watching Criterion Collection DVDs, and eating in diners with his best friend Alice, a queer grad student with a serial dating habit. When Miko moves to New York for an internship, Ben is left to his own devices, and begins to explore what he thinks he might want.