This ensemble indie comedy navigates love in the digital age as a woman takes her boyfriend's teenagers on an unexpected trip that fuels unlikely bonds. Costars Carol Kane.
Grad student Elena finds her life unexpectedly changing when she meets her new boyfriend’s teenage kids. Elena tries to navigate love and intimacy in the digital age while trying to help the kids on their own journey of self-discovery. After an unexpected trip takes them to an exotic land, they soon discover they are all more than 140 characters on a screen. This ensemble indie comedy features Oscar®-nominee and cult favorite Carol Kane (THE PRINCESS BRIDE, ANNIE HALL), two-time Emmy® Award-nominee Michael Cristofer (TV’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY, RUBICON), Diane Guerrero (TV’s ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), Christine Ebersole (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, TV’s ROYAL PAINS), Daphne Rubin-Vega (JACK GOES BOATING), and Alexandra Socha (TV’s DAMAGES, TV’s ROYAL PAINS).
DirectorsLivia De Paolis
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7 critic reviews
56 user reviews
New York Times
5/29/2014 by Neil Genzlinger
"Emoticon ;)" is stuffed with complexities. So why does it feel as facile as that irksome title?
Los Angeles Times
5/29/2014 by Inkoo Kang
In wildly disparate plot lines, Guerrero and Chandler easily command sympathy, but De Paolis doesn't let the sibling characters roam very far.
5/28/2014 by Frank Scheck
Livia De Paolis's too cutely titled debut feature wears its themes a little too baldly on its sleeve, but this modest effort about a non-nuclear family dealing with various interpersonal crises boasts some genuinely effective, understated moments.
5/27/2014 by Chris Packham
A grown-up's weird idea of how kids behave.
8/11/2017 by Kelly Maxwell
Audiences go in expecting something cute and fun, but instead, [Emoticon ;)] is introspective and almost self-deprecating.
Common Sense Media
5/30/2014 by Amanda Nojadera
Human connections trump technology in social media drama.
6/12/2013 by Brent Simon
Professionally mounted and attractively lensed, this indie production is a fresh, off-the-beaten-path conceit that gets mileage from its willingness to examine notions of non-nuclear family and changing identity.
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