The Sundance Film Festival, situated in snowy Utah, isn't really focused on fashion—unless down jackets get you hot (ahem). Onscreen, however, we saw a good deal of sartorial risk-taking. Below are four extreme examples from this year's festival, plus our assessment of the looks and, oh yeah, the movies.
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Celeste and Jesse Forever
A rom-com starring Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones as a divorced couple who can't move on—until, of course, one of them does.
The Look: Andy Samberg in gold-brown velour.
Our Take: That 70's Show meets substitute teacher meets Scooby Doo
Worth Seeing? Jones co-wrote a sweet, often very funny script, and the screen chemistry is, predictably, pretty perfect.
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This Must Be The Place
Sean Penn stars as a bored former rock star who finds purpose in tracking down the Nazi that humiliated his late father.
The Look: Red lipstick + black eyeliner + unwashed hair = perpetual walk of shame.
Our Take: Edward Scissorhands meets Ozzy Osbourne.
Worth Seeing? The artfully acted and beautifully directed film often feels too indie-quirky and slow-paced to bear, but Penn and Frances McDormand (who plays his wife) bring their best.
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Save the Date
A woman who's anti-marriage (Lizzy Caplan) and her engaged sister (Alison Brie) navigate romance and their own sibling relationship, as Caplan excels in breaking hearts.
The Look: Geoffrey Arend (Christina Hendrick's real-life husband) as a kimono-wearing rocker.
Our Take: Jesus Christ Superstar!
Worth Seeing? Between this and the raunchy female comedy The Bachelorette, Caplan was one of the fest's breakouts, and this comedy both stays away from rom-com cliches (or at least makes a valiant effort) and keeps you guessing.
For a Good Time, Call. . . (sorry no pics available)
Lauren Anne Miller and Ari Graynor play two unlikely roommates who start a phone-sex hotline out of their NYC apartment.
The Look: Justin Long plays the girls' small-dog-owning, Bermuda shorts-and-boat-shoe-wearing gay best friend.
Our Take: What, no Fire Island tee?
Worth seeing? Newcomer Lauren Anne Miller (Seth Rogen's new wife) wrote a hilarious script with enough whip-smart euphemistic entendres to warrant multiple repeat viewings. Co-star Graynor nails the dialogue, and so does Long, who—according to director Jamie Travis, following a Sundance screening—improvised most of his lines.