Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

It’s always a little bit of a bummer to see a personal dedication at the end of a movie that isn’t particularly great, because it indicates there’s a lot more personal truth beneath its easy-to-observe flaws than invented fiction. Best Sellers feels like the hundredth version of its story, a film about a young publisher with much to prove and the cantankerous author who stands between her and success, tapping into themes of parents and children, legacies inherited and forged, choices regretted and sadly not made. If director Lina Roessler’s debut feature is undertaken with the kind of sensitivity and tenderness that suggests a connection to the material that’s more than skin deep, she yet lacks the precision to extract greater substance from its assembly of familiar tropes.

Aubrey Plaza plays Lucy Stanbridge, the daughter of a famous publisher whose company has fallen into decline under her leadership. With creditors calling and an offer to sell from Jack (Scott Speedman), a moneyed former lover, Lucy considers divesting herself of the company and embracing the comfort of her trust fund. But when her assistant Rachel (Ellen Wong) discovers a handwritten contract that indicates legendary author Harris Shaw (Michael Caine) owes the company a second novel after publishing his debut decades earlier.

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