Dating eccentric guy

Meanwhile, because Danny is a virgin at 22, his brother Larry (Eddie Kaye Thomas), who runs a limousine service, gets him a string of hilariously disastrous blind dates in between rentals.

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Do you find yourself describing your girlfriend as weird or your boyfriend as absolutely insane? If you’ve found someone brave enough to be him or herself in this world of standardized proportions and fixed ideals, adore that person.

If you’ve found someone strong enough to hold on to his or her childlike sense of wonder, to be completely and utterly free and uninhibited, cherish that person.

Or you might have preferred the evening in July when Zadie Smith was reading inside the store while a hardy, overflow crowd listened from the sidewalk despite a steady rain, the patterns of dozens of opened umbrellas evoking a Pierre Bonnard canvas while Smith’s voice, on speakers, mimicked the inflections of 21st-century London.

There are reasons this English-language bookshop is a destination, far from Amazon.

There is a universality to the suffering captured in “Aspie Seeks Love,” a new documentary by Julie Sokolow that premiered at Cinequest over the weekend.

As it chronicles its protagonist’s dogged attempts to enter a successful romantic relationship, the film reveals an agenda much deeper than discussing Asperger’s syndrome or the broader autistic spectrum.

Their world of wonder and awe, the way they see things you didn’t notice before, look at things you never understood and question everything you thought you knew.

They’ll change your whole life without thinking twice about it.

Occasionally a viewer might feel like the film is making him appear more eccentric than he really is (the questioning about his masturbation practices was certainly intrusive and unnecessary), but for the most part Sokolow’s subject comes across as disarmingly relatable. By painting his romantic tribulations as akin to a cultural difference (Matthews’ own analogy) instead of a mental condition, the viewer is able to see him as a decent man adapting to strange customs rather than as some ineffably different “other.” Indeed, from its opening frame, the movie practically invites its audience to shout feedback and advice back at the screen.

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