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USA, 2012, 88 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Coming of Age, Jewish Interest, Romance
Language: English

A “putzel” is a “little putz” and for Walter Himmelstein (an endearing Jack Carpenter), being known by that nickname does not exactly bode well for an exciting life amongst the go-getters of New York City. But that is quite okay with young Walter — he is a homebody, perfectly content to remain within the familiar confines of his mundane life on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, seeing in his Uncle Sid’s (John Pankow) smoked-fish emporium a comfortable future among the salmon. Until, that is, his married uncle takes up with the vivacious Sally (Melanie Lynskey), throwing Walter’s succession plans into disarray…

Jason Chaet’s winning debut reflects his background in theater (he’s a director and acting teacher) mainly through the uniformly fine performances of Carpenter, Pankow and Lynskey. Carpenter’s Walter has been all too willing to acquiesce to his family’s verdict — “putzel!” — throughout his young life, but he blossoms wonderfully under the tutelage of Lynskey’s Sally, who evolves from Walter’s adversary to his co-conspirator. A breezy coming-of-age tale, Putzel is as fresh as Uncle Sid’s fish.

Director Jason Chaet expected to attend January 13 screening; Writer/producer Rick Moore expected to attend the January 11 and January 13 screenings; and actress Melanie Lynskey is expected to attend the January 13th screening

DIRECTOR: Jason Chaet
Producer: Rick Moore, Jason Chaet, Allegra Cohen, Sheri Davani
Editor: Federico Rosenzvit, Joel Plotch
Screenwriter: Rick Moore
Cinematographer: Ryan Samul
Music: Rob Niederpruem, Jonathan Benedict
Principal Cast: Jack Carpenter, Melanie Lynskey, Susie Essman, John Pankow, Adrian Martinez, Fran Kranz
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Stouthearted Films - www.putzelmovie.com

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