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The End of Us (2021)

After a savage breakup, two exes must continue living together when California issues its stay-at-home order for COVID-19. Now they'll try to move on without moving out.
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Credited cast:
Ben Coleman ... Nick Boal
Ali Vingiano ... Leah Russo (as Alison G. Vingiano)
Derrick Joseph DeBlasis ... Tim
Gadiel Del Orbe ... Hector
Kate Peterman Kate Peterman ... Lois
Henry Loevner Henry Loevner ... Hank / Travel Data Analyst
Claudia Restrepo ... Flute Girl / Claire the Rental Agent / COVID Testing Nurse / Cake Delivery Woman
Caroline Kwan ... Nick's Online Date / TV Animal Rights Activist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bethany Becker ... 'Wear a Mask' Woman
Jesse Benjamin Jesse Benjamin ... Nick's Agent
Charlotte Coker Charlotte Coker ... Neighbor
Max Coker Max Coker ... Neighbor
Sarah Coker Sarah Coker ... Neighbor
Greg Coleman Greg Coleman ... Nick's Father
Kyle Drew Kyle Drew ... Leah's Coworker
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After a savage breakup, two exes must continue living together when California issues its stay-at-home order for COVID-19. Now they'll try to move on without moving out.

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should I stay or ...
19 March 2021 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

SXSW 2021 Greetings again from the darkness. Co-writers and co-directors Steven Kanter and Henry Loevner serve up one of the first COVID-19 relationship movies. It's the kind of indie movie that plays well at festivals, but also one that nails what so many have experienced over the past year ... well hopefully sans the break-up.

Ali Vingiano is Leah and Ben Coleman is Nick. They have been in a four year relationship that ends abruptly when Leah gets fed up with carrying an unbalanced load in regards to grown-up things like rent, food, and insurance. See, while Nick dreams of writing a screenplay and getting acting jobs (while taking few auditions), Leah is the grounded one who holds a real paying job. It's easy for us to understand when Leah says 'enough'.

The wrinkle here is that the break-up occurs in the early days of the pandemic. Knowledge is scarce and deaths are mounting. Businesses are closing and a stay-at-home order is issued in California, forcing this newly separated couple to ... well ... not be separated. Nick sleeps on the couch, but the two are together more now than ... well ... when they were together. Tension and stress is as prevalent as Zoom meetings.

It's an unusual situation, and both Leah and Nick have friends they confide in, but moving on is pretty difficult when the proximity is closer than ever before. Petty emotions come into play, as do real ones. Apologies and quasi-apologies are rampant, but we see both change and grow despite the challenges. The lead actors are solid and the script is fresh and spot on. There are some uncomfortable moments, but relatability is the key here. Nice work from those involved.


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16 March 2021 (USA) See more »

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