Listen Up Philip

Synopsis: Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip's idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Alex Ross Perry
Production: Tribeca Film
  2 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min


'He had been living in the city

for nine years,

'and was only now coming

to think of it as home.

'Characteristically not in a hurry,

'but perpetually enraged

by slow foot traffic before him,

'Philip was on this day meeting for lunch

with Mona, his ex-girlfriend,

'whom he had dated

throughout a portion of college.

'As with any punctual individual,

Philip loathed when people ran late,

'which Mona typically was.

'By the time Mona

made her way to Philip,

'he was in a state of rage

and on the verge of storming out...

'a reaction he was known to often have

'towards the end

of their two-year relationship.

'During the arguments

that led to their breakup,

'Mona repeatedly emphasised

Philip's short fuse and poor temper

'as key factors in no longer being capable

of tolerating his company.'

- It's just crazy that you're late to me.

- Can we stop talking about it?

25 minutes I'm waiting, almost 30.

It's an insult.

Also, I have a really busy day,

so now I have less than an hour.

Probably not even enough time

to eat anything.

Maybe a grilled cheese for me.

I had that the other day.

It's disgusting.

So I'll ask you how you are, right?

Things are good?

Things are good with me.

Allie and I just finally found

a new roommate.

Oh, what's-her-ass moved?

- She got married, like, two years ago.

- Figures.

- Is that the new book?

- Er... yeah.

I wasn't sure you'd noticed, or heard.

- OK.

- I'm just getting ready.

Things are gonna be pretty crazy for me

after the release.

In fact, this might be

the last time I'm home

for more than a week at a time

for the next eight or possibly nine months.

Actually, yeah, definitely.

It's just busy.

Los Angeles in January, San Francisco...

Powell's in Portland,

the whole West Coast thing, really.

I'm told to expect big things out there.

- You sound like you're bragging.

- That's because I am bragging.

And you're doing a really hurtful job

of sounding unfazed.

And do you know why that is?

Because you're not pretending.

You're not interested in this or me,

not even a little.

- Why would you say that?

- Because you never believed in me.

- And you don't now.

- Well, good for you.

No, not good for me. Great for me.

You know, you told me many times,

now that I think about it, actually,

that my goals were unreasonable

and foolhardy.

Am I recalling this correctly?

That my dream, the only dream I've had

since I was 14 years old,

to write and publish a novel of my own,

wasn't something I could just

reach out and have.

Hard work, you tell me. Years of

working up from the bottom, you tell me.

Well, you know something?

You were wrong.

Dead wrong, actually.

About me and everything.

This was for you. It's an advance copy.

I'd even written a little note

on the dedication page and everything.

But you know something?

You don't support me and you never did.

So you don't get this gift from me.

Not today, not ever. Forever.

You were unkind,

and you tried to stray me from my path.

And had I listened to you,

I'd be nothing right now.

'Philip had never been one

for speaking his mind,

'preferring instead

to bottle up his emotions,

'eventually forgetting or utilising them

for creative inspiration.

'However, this outpouring resulted in

Philip feeling more satisfied and content

'than he had in some time,

'and it was for this reason

that he immediately telephoned

'his college roommate, Parker,

'with the intention of delivering to him

an equally robust dressing down.'

You blew people's minds, man.

Now look at you. You're just a combination

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Alex Ross Perry

Alex Ross Perry (born July 14, 1984) is an American film director, screenwriter and actor. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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