It seems as though with each passing year, the obligatory movie about twenty to thirty somethings trying to figure love out in the big city only gets worse. Earlier this year, we were already given the stock Brooklyn-based film about this very subject, Appropriate Behavior. And so, it seems that X/Y, directed and written by Ryan Piers Williams (whose first feature, The Dry Land, also starred America Ferrera--possibly because they're married), is an unnecessary addition to this already annoying genre. 

Promotional poster for X/Y

Promotional poster for X/Y

Following the intertwined stories/romantic entanglements of four friends, Silvia (Ferrera), Jen (Melonie Diaz), Mark (Ryan Piers Williams) and Jake (Jon Paul Phillips), Williams makes the unfortunate mistake of lending the tone of the film a whiny, directionless feel. Rather than engaging the viewer in giving a shit about why these characters are so lost and irrevocably fucked up (because they're caught in between the X and Y generations, obviously), Williams only makes their personalities as one-dimensionally vexatious as possible.

Cast of X/Y

Cast of X/Y

Incidentally, the most interesting character, Jen, is the one that Williams focuses the least on. Her confusion about love, work and purpose is actually incredibly resonant. Perhaps this is the danger of directing yourself and your wife in a movie--you end up taking a more narcissistic approach rather than doing what's best for the film. 

Ferrera: gets plenty of screen time

Ferrera: gets plenty of screen time

While X/Y has plenty of "interesting" moments (like when Mark has a homosexual tryst with Jake for no apparent reason other than boredom), it is ultimately a self-indulgent hour and twenty-three minutes on par with a mid-budget student film.