How To Tell You're A Douchebag

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Released: 25 January 2016 Released
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Ray Livingston is a relationship-blogging hack (“freelance writer, actually”) responsible for Brooklyn’s infamous blog, “Occasionally Dating Black Women.” The well-written, if not controversial, blog has generated some notoriety, but Ray is chafing from an overextended stay in New York, romantic ennui, and a stagnating writing career. After a particularly crappy week, he goes off on a tirade and harasses a gorgeous random passerby, only to discover that it’s Rochelle Marseille, one of New York’s up-and-coming authors. Moving to make amends in an effort to preserve his media clout, Ray is stunned when Rochelle gives him more than he ever thought she would.


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Jeanskynebu the audience applauded
Actuakers One of my all time favorites.
Claysaba Excellent, Without a doubt!!
AshUnow This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.
Amari-Sali Characters Worth NotingRay Livingston (Charles Brice) | Rochelle Marseilles (DeWanda Wise) | Paul (Alexander C. Mulzac) | Jake (William Jackson Harper)Main StorylineWhen a man falls in love and has his heartbroken, does that excuse him from becoming a douche-bag? When he becomes a guy who is "emotionally unavailable" but always willing to hook up and dish out half-hearted apologies, can him saying "I'm going through something" be an appropriate excuse? In many ways, Brice's journey as Ray Livingston is about: How can a man, possibly, raised on this idea that doing certain things will win woman over get rejected?Well, Rochelle Marseilles will give you your answer. This woman, one who is a prolific writer who does interviews in printed media and visual media, comes in contact with this little up and coming blogger through him harassing her on the street and following her. Despite this, though, she gives him one chance after another. Leaving you to question, at what point do you just look at someone and say never mind to their potential? When do you stop listening to their attempts to apologize and realize you just need to cut them off? That is, despite their sex game, despite them intriguing you, and despite them just having that something which leaves you wanting to leave an ellipsis on your relationship rather than just leave a single period ending what could have been?CommentaryAfter watching this movie, I have a few things on my mind. The first being how thankful I am for websites like Shadow and Act which help make movies like this get some type of press and then there was something said by Louis CK. In either his show or a comedy special, he notes how weird, and dangerous, it is that women still go out with men and that got me thinking.We live in an age where social media brings people together and allows instant access to whatever someone is willing to put out there. Which, a lot of times, helps people connect, network, maybe even fall in love. But that is the ideal use of social media. On the other side of things, we have what Ray does. Ray uses social media to participate in hookup culture, to blog and perhaps heighten his ego with the idea someone cares what he thinks (which I know is so hypocritical of me to write), and he uses, once or twice, almost like a weapon since his blog is about dating and relationships.So imagine watching a film like this, one which seems rooted in taking the concept of what makes a F--- boy, a street harasser, and the man confused about what woman want, outside the bedroom, and puts it on film. That is what you get here. Ray is the type of guy who thinks there should be nothing wrong approaching a woman on a street, passive-aggressively trying to demand her attention, following her if he has to, and making her feel unsafe. Ray is the type who can't be happy his friend found someone and instead refers to her as his sloppy seconds because they had a thing in the past. This is the kind of man Ray is.On the other hand, you got Rochelle. Someone who is performed and written into a rare Black female lead who, in a multitude of ways, seems like a real person. She is more than just attractive, she is accomplished. Yet her decisions require a second thought. You are left wondering if her decisions are made to reestablish this as some kind of romantic movie or if they represent the complicated thought process that comes with dealing with a potentially threatening man like Ray.HighlightsPerhaps the sole highlight is Rochelle. Granted, Ray does get a reaction out of me, which means Brice did his job as an actor, but Wise's performance and Rochelle's decisions are the only things which may keep this movie in my thoughts. To me, they represent the thing you question, and Louis CK mentioned in either his show or a comedy special: Why do women give men chances? Does it begin as a safety precaution, and they hope for the best? Is it truly just a belief that love exists, and this person might be the one? I mean, Rochelle's thought process isn't broken down, but in the grand scheme of things she is one-half of a very familiar conversation worth analyzing.Low PointsOn the other hand, the male characters in the film aren't presented as worth questioning and analysis. They simply are, with the exception of Jake who I guess is supposed to be an exception, different kinds of F--- boys. All of which who don't bring serious intrigue into their actions because their voice, story, or point of view, is what you often see in romance films. They are guys who either felt like they lost it all or have it all and want to now be greedy, heartless, immature, and etc. There is nothing of substance there and it honestly felt like there wasn't any attempt to make neither Paul or Ray complex figures. Which, in the case of Paul, is sort of unfortunate for with him desiring an open relationship with Rochelle, for reasons you can't understand why, especially when he wants to be in politics, and him seeming kind of suspect, it is like there is a missed opportunity here.
academy42 A unique title..... A great, fun, and enjoyable movie.... You can tell from the script and cinematography that the filmmakers were highly train. It look lie it was fun to make this movie and the characters displayed that one the screen. Every character had an unique quality... from supporting actor to the beautiful Ms. Wise... In street lingo.. " Yo, this movie was hot ".... The main character , Ray , was cast perfectly.. The chemistry with Rochelle was magnetic... This was the first time I've seen any of the characters.. I hope other directors can see this wonderful movie. It is about a relationships from a single man's point of view. As crazy and selfish as Ray was in the film, that expresses the feeling of a lot of men both single and married. The director and writer need to be applauded for an good story and entertaining film...