Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip is one of my favorite films of the year—a funny, caustic, uncompromising dissection of a particular species of East Coast literary elite. Jason Schwartzman stars as Philip Lewis Friedman, a young NYC novelist whose narcissism hits full bloom around the publication of his second book: He refuses to do interviews or publicity for it, he alienates his live-in girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss), and he accepts a months-long invitation from a Philip Roth-like mentor (Jonathan Pryce) to work at his country-home upstate. Before he goes, however, he has to do a photo shoot.
The photo-shoot scene finds Philip at his most appalling, and Tribeca Film has let us share it with you. Remember that scene in High Fidelity where John Cusack says, “I will now sell five copies of The Three EPs by The Beta Band”? Now imagine I’m John Cusack (not hard to do) and Listen Up Philip is The Beta Band. Here’s the clip from the film, which is available in limited release and was released on VOD today: