Actor Mike Doyle makes his feature directorial debut with this sharp, engaging modern-day romantic comedy about six friends trying to balance their relationships and careers (or lack thereof) in New York City. Good-looking, successful, and surrounded by friends, Adam (Scott Evans, Grace and Frankie) and Marklin (Augustus Prew, Netflix’s Special) appear on social media as the cutest of couples, but after five years together, their honeymoon might be over as issues around money, careers, and sex lead to intense questions of trust and commitment.
Meanwhile, the pair’s eccentric pals face their own relationship struggles and meaning-of-life conundrums. Doyle does an excellent job of skewering popular opinions about love and companionship while capturing the real way people process the thorny emotional landscape of just getting along. With a fabulous cast that also includes Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy), Michelle Buteau (Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City), and the always-enchanting Patricia Clarkson in a priceless cameo, Sell By will have you laughing out loud, and then seriously pondering the convoluted realities of growing up, selling out, and following your dreams.
— BRENDAN PETERSON
- Premiere Status: US