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Winner of the Best Film at the Phoenix Film Festival. “If movies are a drug, this film is a very happy pill! Edgy and moving, a witty story of real life disappointments, self-limitations, and courage.” — The Huffington Post

For some people, life is an adventure. For Walter Himmelstein (Jack T. Carpenter) — endearingly known in his Upper West Side neighbourhood as ‘Putzel’* — life is anything but. Featuring Curb Your Enthusiasm star Susie Essman, the comparisons between Putzel and Woody Allen’s famed New York oeuvre (Manhattan, Annie Hall) are inescapable. Director Jason Chaet and his outstanding cast give this film a comedic charm and a refreshingly new spin on the time-honoured cinematic subject of growing up.

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