The Tollbooth 

Directed by Debra Kirschner

Telling a familiar story can be like cinematic comfort food, as long as you don’t choke on the sweet parts. Toll Booth’s well-worn plot of a post-collegiate go-getter trying to achieve fame is a bit hackneyed, but is nonetheless served up with some touching sides. Duality plays a heavy part in the life of Sarabeth (the go-getter). Named after her father’s two sisters, she carries the weight of her parents’ Jewish ancestors, while struggling to come to terms with her increasing religious indifference. Growing up in Brooklyn, Sarabeth has always aspired to be a great painter in the City. After college she moves into the walk-in closet of her sister’s Uptown apartment to pursue her dream. Cute conventions like the kvetching mother and the lesbian sister must be endured, but the film does well in not solving all Sarabeth’s problems for her. She, like this movie, has flaws, but doesn’t  take the easy road to resolution.

Opens February 3 at Quad Cinema


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