Five Things to Say Post-screening to Director Friends Whose Films You Kind of Hated

  1. 1.
    The Misdirected Compliment: "It looks amazing! Who shot it?"
  2. 2.
    The Factual Query: "Who played the old woman in the library scene? She looks familiar."
  3. 3.
    The Social Deflection (or Quick Exit): "Thanks for inviting me. Hey, we should get together soon. I'll call you."
  4. 4.
    The Unclear Comparison: "You know, I was watching "Harold and Maude" last night. Ashby really knew how to handle character."
  5. 5.
    The Inarguable Statement of Fact: "Wow, you have made a movie."