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January 5–11, 2018

Chicago Theatrical

Mr. Roosevelt

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Audience Awards
SXSW Film Fest
"Writer, director and star Noël Wells doesn't just focus on her laugh-out-loud funny performance or insightful script: she displays a real eye for the cinematic with shot-on-film visuals that elevate her movie and lavish attention on its Texas setting"
  —Los Angeles Times
"Ms. Wells is appealing onscreen and is a smart writer"
  —New York Times
"[Wells'] directorial style is unshowy but charming"
  —Village Voice
"This riotously endearing comedy is substantially funnier, sharper, and more peculiar than that premise is bound to make it sound. The movie also announces Wells as a behind-the-camera talent worth watching"
  —Chicago Tribune
  —Chicago Reader
"Wells has been very smart in creating the lead character, both in the writing, and the performing"
3 stars½ "Sequel please"
  —Chicago Sun-Times

Emily Martin (Noël Wells, Master of None) is a struggling 20-something who moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy after graduating from college in Austin, Texas. When a loved one falls sick, she returns to Austin and runs into her ex-boyfriend Eric (Nick Thune, The Breakup Girl), as well as his amazing and intimidating new girlfriend: the gluten-free, herbal-tea-sipping Celeste (Britt Lower), a totally together woman with a five-year plan. Low on funds and stuck in Texas for the weekend, Emily—who has no idea what she'll be doing five days from now, let alone five years—stays with the two of them in her old, but miraculously remodeled house. She quickly finds her way into the circle of a local female badass who shows Emily a good time and tries to keep her from spinning out of control as she goes toe-to-toe with the new girlfriend, the various ways her ex has changed (he is training to be a real estate agent), and ultimately, her own choices and guilt about leaving the past behind.

Directed by Noël Wells, U. S.A., 2016, 90 mins.


  • Fri., Jan. 5 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Jan. 6 at 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Jan. 7 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Jan. 8–11 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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