The kind of quirky Amerindie romance that was more salable when the genre was still a novelty in the 1980s, "In Search of a Midnight Kiss" is resistible at first buss -- there's little initial rooting interest in the sad-sack hero's courtship of an obnoxious blind date. But pic finally does prove winning, as writer-helmer Alex Holdridge's character dynamics thaw, and gorgeous black-and-white photography of seldom-exploited L.A. locations weave a spell. Theatrical prospects in the current arthouse climate are iffy, but fests and New Director showcases should pay attention. On- and offscreen talent will find this a smart calling card.
Recently single failed writer Wilson (Scoot McNairy) is pushed by friends into posting a relationship ad on the Web on New Year's Eve. That the self-deprecating "Misanthrope to Misanthrope" ad he reluctantly writes gets a response at all is surprising. But then Vivian (Sara Simmonds), an attractively glamorous blonde, is full of surprises, most unpleasant.
Wilson arrives at the designated cafe among several other people "auditioning" for her, and Vivian seems so rude and angry that being chosen as her date that night doesn't seem like much of a gift. Still, Wilson is at a low enough ebb that anything is better than outright rejection.
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