Davy is a loner by choice. Even though there always seem to be people around him, like Sean, Samantha, or Sean's girlfriend Sarah (Jeanette Brox), he seems to hold himself at a distance, less like he is unable to make social connections, but unwilling to. It's possible that Sean has something to do with it, since he constantly gets joy out of being cruel to Davy (he uses a round of Two Truths and a Lie to tell three embarrassing, personal truths about Davy, for no other reason than to please himself), but in any case, Davy remains a bit of a recluse even on his low-rent book tour, hawking his tiny collection of stories about "other people."
One night, Davy picks up the phone and gets Nicole, who sounds like a phone sex operator at first, but calls back, night after night, to talk to Davy. Davy quickly becomes obsessed with Nicole, and the two become close, while Sean becomes suspicious. Upon returning, Davy runs into Samantha at Sarah's birthday party, and it seems like Davy and Samantha have a more appealing, realistic chemistry than Davy and Nicole, but after a particularly torturous evening, Davy becomes determined to meet Nicole in person.
There is a limit to what I can write in this review, because Easier With Practice is a low-key movie, and I wouldn't want to reveal any more than I already have, but writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez captures something special about his limited cast of characters. Every one of the six key actors in this movie is excellent, because Alvarez has chosen to flesh them out as much as the time allows, rather than fill the movie with side characters that aren't important. At the party, for instance, we only meet Sarah and Samantha, so we can know them better; everyone else at the event is just there to fill the scene. In fact, Alvarez is almost too careful to avoid giving us more than we need; when everything was said and done, I would have liked to see more of Moreau's character. I can see why Alvarez might have felt more was dishonest, but there are some times you ought to give in.
Of all of the cast members, Geraghty is given the most to handle, and he carries the movie with ease. The actor had a small role in The Hurt Locker, and he seems destined for low-key stardom, carrying almost every scene in the movie by himself. Looking like a grown-up version of Corey Feldman's character from The Goonies, he finds the right level of social anxiety; Davy can strike out without frustrating the audience, and yet it's still perfectly believable it when he keeps it together. Alvarez films that final, overwhelming conversation in an almost uncomfortably tight close-up, and you can practically see the thoughts running through Davy's head. It reminds you that a movie doesn't need a lot to hit home: just two people, an idea, and the right, well-delivered words.
The Video and Audio
The film's audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, and, given that the film is about intimate conversations between two people, there's not a whole bunch of surround activity other than atmospheric ambience, both of which the track handles with relative ease. A bigger disappointment is the lack of any captions or subtitles for the hearing impaired.
Video extras pick up in the "Special Features" section. The first extra listed is a short behind-the-scenes featurette (4:41), but it doubles as an overview-style introduction to fourteen video diaries (21:07), which have a nice candid fly-on-the-wall quality that makes up for the fact that none of them dig particularly deep.
Trailers for The Trouble With Romance, No Boundaries and Just Like the Son play before the menu, and are selectable under the Special Features menu under "Breaking Glass Presents". The movie's original theatrical trailer is also included. "Slating Easier With Practice" (2:37) closes things out, which, if you haven't guessed, is a montage of every clapboard slate filmed for the movie, and is also supernaturally exhausting to watch.