Best of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival begins with 'Cyrus,' 'Four Lions' and 'The Kids Are All Right'
What other new films made the list?
Quirky, low-budget, hipster relationship comedies are as common as Uggs in Park City at this point of year, but just because they're everywhere doesn't mean you can't tell the good ones from the bad ones. Kate Asleton's feature debut as a writer-director is a great one, thanks to understated and utterly winning performances by Asleton and Dax Shepard, playing a married couple who decide to bring spark back to their relationship by doing a very stupid thing, proposing a one-night amnesty on marital fidelity. "The Freebie" is comparable to last year's Sundance favorite "Humpday," in that it forces a pair of characters you quickly grow to like into a situation that you know can't work out well and then watches as they handle the circumstance with cringe-worthy, often hilarious honesty. The largely improvised film was shot in under two weeks, which only makes Aselton's confidence with tone, pacing and ensemble performance all the more impressive.
- Daniel Fienberg