In Search of a Midnight Kiss
In Search of a Midnight Kiss is an American independent
Independent film
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 romantic comedy
Romantic Comedy
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 written and directed by Alex Holdridge. It is listed on the National Board of Review's Top 10 Independent Films of 2008, won the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award
Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award
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 in 2009 as well as having earned awards at festivals around the world.

It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival
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 in 2007 and since has played at festivals around the world from Mill Valley, Chicago and Los Angeles in the U.S. to Raindance (London), Edinburgh, Sarajevo, Istanbul, Bangkok, Krakow, Thessaloniki and Melbourne outside the states. It has been released in theaters in the UK (Vertigo Films), the U.S. (IFC Films), Spain (Sherlock), Poland (Vivarto) and Greece (Seven Films) with it set to arrive in theaters around the world. February 14, 2009 begins the theatrical run in Australia.


The film follows the plight of Wilson (Scoot McNairy), a 29-year-old man who has just suffered through the most miserable year of his life. A new arrival to the City of Angels, Wilson ends up alone and penniless as New Year's Eve rapidly approaches, and vows to lock his doors, pull his blinds, and climb into bed - until best friend Jacob (Brian McGuire) talks him into posting a Craigslist personal ad. In seemingly no time at all, the message leads Wilson to Vivian (Sara Simmonds), a young woman who is determined to be with the "right" man at the stroke of midnight.

Critical reception

As of October 11, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes
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 reported that 85% of critics rated the film positively based on 48 reviews, with the consensus that "Funny, quirky, and bittersweet, In Search of a Midnight Kiss is a romantic comedy with a heart and a brain -- and stands as a sharp debut for director Alex Holdridge." Metacritic
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 reported the film had an average score of 64 out of 100 based on 25 reviews, indicating a generally favorable response.

The film appeared on some critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008. Kimberly Jones of The Austin Chronicle named it the 9th best film of 2008, and Stephen Farber of The Hollywood Reporter
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named it the 10th best film of 2008.

Awards and nominations

  • Winner, 2009 Independent Spirit Award: John Cassavetes Award.
  • National Board of Review - Top 10 Independent Film 2008
  • Winner Florida Film Festival, 2008
  • Winner Best Editing Woodstock Film Festival, 2007
  • Winner Best Feature Film - Florida Film Festival 2007
  • Winner, Best of Fest Edinburgh Film Festival 2007
  • Winner, Nobel Bank Critic's Award Best Feature - Krakow's OFF Camera Film Festival 2008

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