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Don’t Be a Dick About It

A hilarious and beautiful portrait of two brothers growing up. The film follows the brothers around for one summer capturing the nuances of pissing each other off.
December 2019
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Don’t Be a Dick About It

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Director: Ben Mullinkosson

 

2018, USA, 69 minutes, Digital, NR

Language: English

Distributor: Oscilloscope Films

Favorites from our Maryland Film Festival selections, back at the Parkway for a theatrical run!

Program Notes

Screening before the feature:
KIM BUSH’S ABDUCTION (2018, USA, 9 min)
Written and directed by Courtney Bush, Will Carington, and Jake Goicoechea
Cinematography by Julian Kapadia
Edited by Erin DeWitt

Several hours of unanswered texts and phone calls have everyone at a Christmas party wondering: where is Kim Bush? The answer is eventually revealed in this Southern Gothic holiday thriller with an all-female ensemble cast.


Winner of the IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) Audience Award back in December 2018—beating out stiff competition in the form of mega-doc hit Free Solo and a handful of others—Don’t Be A Dick About It follows the brothers Mullin, Peter and Matthew, who are living under the roof of their parents’ Chevy Chase, Maryland home. Growing up in the affluent DC suburbs with their other siblings, their daily lives are focused mostly around the goings on of their family homestead.

 

As the opening sequences unfold, the two brothers reveal their quirky and endearing yin and yang personalities. Peter is a boisterous, Cheerio-phobic young man who is absolutely obsessed with the Survivor reality TV show. He has a ritual of reenacting the elimination rounds of that show each day, particularly when he has a family member he’s frustrated with and wishes to “vote off the island” of their suburban home. One particularly memorable squabble finds Peter directing the titular phrase at his sister Kerry, who may be the next to earn “the council’s” expulsion. The quieter Matthew is working through a severe case of cynophobia, by reluctantly following his mother to the neighborhood dog park to attempt to confront his fears. He’s also working through his feelings about his brother’s behavior which he sometimes finds mortifying. Throughout the course of the summer-long span of the film, the siblings laugh, horseplay and fight frequently. Don’t Be A Dick About It is joyously minor key cinema. It’s not built around any looming family crises or life-altering events, but rather the tiny dramas of everyday life as two brothers who love each other deeply and also drive each other crazy, work their way through the ups and downs of their young lives.

 

Don’t be fooled by the tongue-in-cheek title; this intimate, often hilarious and ultimately moving doc is one of the finest portraits of sibling dynamics ever committed to digital film. MdFF was proud to host the North American Premiere of this warmly humorous and heartfelt documentary at our 2019 festival. (Scott Braid)


OFFICIAL SELECTION

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Maryland Film Festival


AWARDS

Audience Award
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

Critics' Praise

“Full of heart and crowd-pleasing joy, Don’t Be A Dick About It is a beautiful portrait of family and brotherhood with an infinitely lovable pair at the centre in Peter and Matthew Mullins.”
– Musanna Ahmed, Film Inquiry

“Upheld by it’s huge, wholesome heart, Don’t Be a Dick About It works tremendously as a slice of life, humanist comedy, serving plentiful guffaws through it’s examination of the petty conflicts specific to brotherhood.”
– Jack King, One Room With A View


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