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Fort Tilden

Two young women traverse Brooklyn and maybe learn something, in this pointed comedy

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Hello, kittens: Allie (Claire McNulty) and Harper (Bridey Elliott)
  • Hello, kittens: Allie (Claire McNulty) and Harper (Bridey Elliott)

In this comedy from Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, two twentysomething roommates — Allie (Claire McNulty) and Harper (Bridey Elliott) — spend a summer day traversing Brooklyn, trying to get from Williamsburg to the beach.

Fort Tilden is a nightmare of stolen bicycles, dubious car hires and getting lost, all in the hope of reuniting with the two cute guys they met the night before at a rooftop concert by twin sisters. Harper explains: “Naomi is the one without talent, and Leia is the one without talent.”

But it turns out that Harper and Allie are also without talent, unless, of course, you count being shallow, judgey, self-entitled, image-conscious hipsters, perpetually postponing adulthood. The film draws them slightly exaggerated, thus some viewers might find them infuriating. But being removed from this generation and milieu, I found my own judgey amusement in their travails. (Fort Tilden charts some of the same territory as TV’s Girls and Broad City, two shows I also enjoy. The world has infinite room for comedies about unlikeable men; let’s let the ladies have a chance, too.)

In between the obvious gags about displaying Infinite Jest as a mating tchotchke and stroller accidents in Park Slope, there was some sharply observed material. Their negotiation of iced coffee in a Flatbush bodega reveals both their middle-class good manners and dreadful narrow-mindedness. But when it comes to slum-shopping, being contradictory is a plus. Allie asks, “Is this sweater hipster or meth head?” Answers Harper: “Both — but it’s good.”


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