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#AmericanUltra Reviews


To preserve everybody from spoilers, I will only post the beginning. Links will be available if you want to read the full reviews.

BaretNewsWire : At first blush, Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) looks like your prototypical slacker with not much of a future. The small town stoner is very content to fritter away his life behind the counter of the local convenience store, so long as he can go home and get high with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), after work every day…

The Hollywood Reporter : Stoners take a bloodbath in American Ultra, a genre mash that’s mildly amusing until it can’t think of anything else to do besides flop around in the deep end of conspicuous gore. Taking a vacation from more serious projects by playing a couple of lethargic, ambition-free tokers who suddenly find themselves in the middle of a Joe Carnahan movie, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart smoke and say “like” and the F-word a lot and eventually kick plenty of butt in a way that looks to cook up a couple of weeks of buzzy late-summer business with good-times-seeking young audiences…

MovieManzel : The Summertime High That No One Saw Coming.

Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) is an anxiety-ridden Cash & Carry connivence store clerk that sits around drawing his Apollo Ape comic while getting stoned every chance he gets. His girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart) takes care of him and loves him even with his flaws. Her only wish, however, is that some day Mike can beat his anxiety so that they can leave their small hometown. One day, Vanessa Lasseter (Connie Britton) walks into the Cash & Carry and informs Mike that the CIA is coming to destroy him. Confused by this interaction, Mike ignores the warning until two police offers show up and try to kill Mike. This attack activates something inside Mike that turns the once anxiety-ridden stoner into a killing machine.

ScreenCrush : A late August release date typically means one of two things: A movie is terrible or a movie is weird — and therefore difficult to market. American Ultra is a classic example of the latter. The trailers and posters mostly sell it as a wacky stoner action comedy, but drug humor actually plays a fairly small part in the film, which cycles through scenes of bloody horror, government conspiracy, and sincere relationship melodrama. Audiences might go into American Ultra expecting The Bourne Identity meets Half Baked. They’re going to find something much stranger and more interesting (with a bunch of First Blood, a dash of The Cabin in the Woods, and even a smidge of rom-com tossed in the mix).

Entertainment Weekly : Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) is pretty much a loser: a feckless small-town stoner who spends his days drawing homemade comics behind the register at a near-deserted Cash ‘n’ Carry and his nights getting high and burning omelets in his dingy bungalow. But he has a beautiful girlfriend named Phoebe (Kristen Stewart) who loves him despite his dim prospects, and even forgives him when a crippling panic attack prevents him from getting on an airplane bound for their dream vacation in Hawaii.

RamaScreen : AMERICAN ULTRA rocks my socks off!

In the words of “SouthPark”s Towelie, ‘You wanna get high?’ Yes, I do want to get high on #KristenStewart and #JesseEisenberg, cinema’s most awesome couple this year in #AmericanUltra a movie that rocks my socks off. No better way to describe it than if Jason Bourne was a stoner.

Interview w/ Esquire

Esquire : The genre-meshing American Ultra can’t squeeze into a logline. What starts as a stoner love story explodes into a Bourne-esque spy saga before gracefully decompressing into something unexpectedly intimate. There are wandering conversations set against starscapes and weed smoke, there are black ops assaults in sporting goods stores, there are emotional confessions, there are knife fights, there’s slapstick humor, there’s Justified actor Walton Goggins lighting cars on fire with psychotic hubris. But American Ultra, in theaters Friday, always comes back to its leads, Jesse Eisenberg as the absent-minded Mike whose super-soldier genetics are “activated” by the FBI, and Kristen Stewart’s Phoebe, the love of his life who doesn’t take government intrusion lightly. With marijuana, unexpected firearm skills, and a bevy of eccentricities, the couple navigates the film’s twisted scenario. Which had us wondering: Do Stewart and Eisenberg share anything in common with two pot-smoking , gut-toting, confused-as-hell heroes? Talking to the two actors during a recent press stop in New York City, we ran down the checklist:

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Interview with Uproxx Movies

Uproxx Movies : Earlier this month, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg made a popular Funny or Die video where the two skewer the type of interview questions that they are usually asked. And, now, here, I enter the lion’s den, so to speak (actually, it was more like a hotel conference room), trying to ask interview questions. I’ve interviewed heavyweight champion boxers before, but’s these two, together, made me feel a little overcome with anxiety.

Stewart and Eisenberg are promoting American Ultra, their second feature film together following 2009’s wonderful Adventureland (and they will both appear together next year in Woody Allen’s next film). In American Ultra, Eisenberg and Stewart play Mike and Phoebe, two pot-loving human beings who must cope with adversity after Mike discovers that he’s a secret government agent and is being hunted by bureaucrats who want him dead.

Ahead, Stewart discusses how Twilight still looms over her career, even when it comes to her award winning performances, like in Clouds of Sils Maria — and as Stewart moves on from a big franchise film, Eisenberg explains why he wants to get involved in one with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They also both talk about the nature of interviews and their general attitude toward the whole process. Additionally, Stewart shares her thoughts on an inevitable Twilight reboot.

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Interview with the Toronto Sun

The Toronto Sun : It’s no surprise to hear Jesse Eisenberg, 31, and Kristen Stewart, 25, finish each other’s sentences. They have a lot in common.
They’re both smart. They’re both articulate. They both seem unlikely to suffer fools gladly.
The actors star together in the blackly comic movie American Ultra, a contemporary yarn opening Friday about stoners who become action heroes. Eisenberg and Stewart also starred in Adventureland together in 2009; they’ll be a team again for an upcoming Woody Allen movie.

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