It’s rare that a movie makes you both laugh and cry. It’s rarer still that a scene makes you laugh and cry at exactly the same time. But this was my experience during a scene in HOW TO TELL YOU’RE A DOUCHBAG, in which the heartbroken Jake Brown played by William Jackson Harper, sobs hopelessly and awkwardly into the arms of his best friend, Ray Livingston, played by the charming Charles Brice.

Ray is a modern toked-up Lothario, Tinder-ing his way through various neighborhoods of Brooklyn. A modern-day battle of the sexes ensues when Ray falls hard for a brilliant and accomplished journalist – Rochelle Marseilles played by the radiant DeWanda Wise – who has no time for Ray’s childish ways.

This smart, funny film is grounded by heartfelt and nuanced performances. It is the feature directorial debut of Tahir Jetter, whose short film CLOSE debuted at Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

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Jacqueline Christy is a writer, actor, director, producer, theater owner... and now she is turning her attention to film. While finishing studies at New York University's Film School, Jackie was Assistant Director on two films shown at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. is grateful that she lends her talented eye and intelligent observations to our site.