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To escape a difficult ex and to prepare for a prospectively life-changing audition, Nina flees to Los Angeles where she meets Rafe (Common), who challenges almost every preconception she has – including those around her own deeply troubled past.

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  • Title: All About Nina
  • Written and directed by: Eva Vives
  • Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Common and Beau Bridges
  • Classification: 14A; 97 minutes

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A scene from All About Nina.

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Although Eva Vives wrote the screenplay for her latest film before Louis C.K. was banished from and then quickly resurfaced in the comedy world, before Hannah Gadsby subverted the stand-up form with her Netflix special Nanette, before audiences tossed up and down their thoughts about Aziz Ansari … before the entire cultural landscape flipped on its head and then readjusted itself, really, All About Nina still feels like a movie baked into the entertainment world’s here and now. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a fledgling comedian who is fearless onstage but rightfully wary of nearly everything else off of it, All About Nina is a compelling, honest and occasionally messy middle finger to the expectations placed on female entertainers – or just simply women at all. Mining what I can only assume are years’ worth of frustration with the industry, Vives creates a deliberately uncomfortable character study – we’re not supposed to side with Nina 100 per cent of the time as she makes her way through L.A.’s brutal scene, and that’s exactly the thing. Mostly, Vives' work is a series of punch lines that feel more like gut punches – a relentless challenge that Winstead handles with seeming ease. The only moment that rings false is when a too-good-to-be-true white knight strolls into Nina’s life. But since this Mr. Right is played with a quiet smoothness by Common, that’s a small gaffe.

All About Nina opens Oct. 12

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