Good Posture

Good Posture

Dolly Wells (2019)

15 Certificate


Our Score
After spoiled film-making graduate Lillian (Grace Van Patten) is dumped by her boyfriend, she ends up staying with her wealthy father's friends, musician Don (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) and reclusive writer Julia (Emily Mortimer). But Don is soon sent packing, and Julia communicates almost exclusively by writing notes, so Lillian is left to make grown-up decisions for the first time in her life. First-time director Dolly Wells (who is creator, with Mortimer, of TV's Doll & Em) has crafted a confident dramatic comedy that is deceptively watchable, funny and loaded with uncanny insight. As much as we long to sympathise with the poor little rich girl Lillian, it's a Sisyphean task, and credit goes to Van Patten for creating a believable and very nearly unforgivably irritating character. And the clever device of having Lillian make a documentary about Julia allows for the inclusion of nifty interviews with Zadie Smith, Martin Amis and Jonathan Ames. It's a crafty comedy, this: a remarkable debut.


A lazy, but charming and beautiful young woman who has got used to using men to make her life easier, is forced to discover that she can live a happier life by taking responsibility for herself and not rely on those around her as easy props. Comedy drama, starring Grace Van Patten, Gary Richardson and Emily Mortimer.

Cast & Crew

Julia Price Emily Mortimer
Lilian Grace Van Patten
Don Price Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Nate Gary Richardson
Nate's girlfriend Condola Rashad
Lillian's father Norbert Leo Butz
George Timm Sharp
Zadie Smith Zadie Smith
Martin Amis Martin Amis
Jonathan Ames Jonathan Ames (2)
Director Dolly Wells
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PinpointGuidance: SwearingReleased on: 4 Oct 2019