The Epicureans | Chicago Reader

The Epicureans

The title refers to Epicurus's philosophy extolling the pursuit of pleasure through friendship, though first-time writer-director Brandon Broussard admits that the real inspiration for this 2003 ensemble comedy is Swingers. After a shaky opening montage, Broussard follows four African-American buddies (a ladies' man, a hefty guy, a henpecked son, and a porn addict) as they drive around D.C.'s trendy Georgetown and Adams Morgan neighborhoods looking for food, drink, and weed. Not much happens, but as they ponder life and check out the ladies, Broussard creates an authentic portrait of young men in the holding pattern between college and adulthood. 85 min.

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