Film Reviews

"Monogamy": So Much More Than a Hipster Blow-Up

The romanticized commitmentphobia that keeps Judd Apatow in gilt-fixtured man caves is brought down to Earth (or Park Slope, anyway) in this inventive indie thriller.

Monogamy follows 30-something Brooklynite Theo (Chris Messina) as he simultaneously slogs through his day job as a wedding photographer, preps for his own impending nuptials to perky Nat (Rashida Jones), and works a side gig taking surreptitious shots of clients who contact him anonymously.

This latter endeavor leads him to a voluptuous blond (Meital Dohan) who enjoys public sex and the photographic documentation thereof and sparks an obsession that threatens Theo's love life and overall mental health.

The film's final plot twist is easy to spot well before it arrives, but that doesn't detract from its crafty, heartfelt, and surprisingly sound affirmation of getting hitched.