Written and directed by Jene LaMarque, THE PRETTY ONE is a coming of age comedy about identity and loss and a wallflower who finally learns how to break out of her shell. In a balancing act of a performance, Zoe Kazan portrays twins Laurel and Audrey, most poignantly as a relationship blooms with her new neighbor (Jake Johnson). As Laurel begins to slip into the life she has always wanted but never thought was possible, she must decide between continuing her life as Audrey and revealing herself as the perfect fraud.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
You are urged to laugh and cry, but the best you are likely to manage is a polite, embarrassed smile.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 02.06.2014
What would "The Pretty One" be without Zoe Kazan's pixieish melancholy and offbeat comic timing? Not much.Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 02.20.2014
Kazan holds together a decent coming-of-age script that's emotionally sincere if tonally unfocused.Aaron Hillis, Village Voice, 02.04.2014
The film is trite on the surface, but through some complex plotting, writer-director Jenee LaMarque slyly incorporates foreboding themes of guilt and delusion that push the farcical elements to the brink.Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader, 02.28.2014