Out Softly (Movie Thoughts: Hearts Beat Loud)

MV5BMTYzNDY0NzY3MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTk1ODgyNTM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,674,1000_AL_‘Hearts Beat Loud’ is a cute little movie that’s great for a summer afternoon. It’s light, breezy, and has a great soundtrack that will make you smile, and that’s not necessarily the worst thing in the crazy world we live in right now. It also stars Nick Offerman, who is pretty terrific. I know I should know more about his work, but honestly, it embarrasses me that I only know him as Megan Mulally’s husband, and he is certainly more than that. He plays a father here who owns a record shop that’s closing. Plus, his daughter, played by Kiersey Clemons, is spending her last summer home before she goes off to college. Offerman strikes that balance between funny, self-deprecating, earnest, depressed. There is something darker going on here, but the movie is not interested in exploring that, even his daughter’s orientation is treated as an afterthought, but then again, maybe it should always be treated that way. I don’t think the movie aspires to be anything more than what it is – a small indie that will touch you a little bit and entertain you a lot.

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