• The Boy Downstairs (2018)

The Boy Downstairs

Release Date: February 16th, 2018

PG-13 |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

Diana moves back to New York City after a few years abroad and finds the perfect Brooklyn apartment for a fresh start. During the first night in her new home, she discovers that her ex-boyfriend Ben lives in the apartment below hers. After an awkward reunion, Diana proclaims her intentions for a genuine friendship. But as old wounds are opened, both Diana and Ben are forced to confront the true nature of their feelings.

Cast: Zosia Mamet, Matthew Shear, Deirdre O'Connell, Sarah Ramos, Diana Irvine, Arliss Howard, Deborah Offner, David Wohl

Director: Sophie Brooks

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: Motion Picture Capital, Cliffbrook Films

Keywords: New York City , Relationships , 2010s , Friendship , Friend , Forbidden love , Girlfriend , Rivalry , Cool , Amusing , Charming , Quest , Emotional , Love , Love interest , Endearing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Susan WloszczynaRogerEbert.com

    Any movie that can bring to mind a Joni Mitchell song as the credits roll — “Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone” — has earned its keep. show more

  • 50
    Sara StewartNew York Post

    More frustratingly, Brooks jumps back and forth in time between the couple’s past relationship and the current day, with nary a physical or emotive change evident in either party. It becomes a task just to figure out which timeline you’re in, and then convince yourself why you should care. show more

  • 80
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    The pic may have an unlikely story (in real-world love affairs, this kind of second chance rarely ends happily), but benefits from unusually authentic performances. show more

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