The following review came from Meet In the Lobby as part of the website’s coverage of the Independent Film Festival of Boston.
Known for his fearless “participatory journalism,” the late George Plimpton was equal parts Walter Mitty, Studs Terkel and Evel Knievel. For this admiring biography, directors Luke Poling and Tom Bean follow Plimpton from his prep-school days as a failed athlete to his life as toast of the town, hosting Manhattan parties that attracted the likes of Philip Roth, Gay Talese and plenty of other big brains. Poling and Bean celebrate that old-school New York style with the easy gait of Plimpton himself, telling their story with photographs, film footage and TV memories, along with touching talking-head interviews with Plimpton’s family, colleagues and, of course, other admirers. Great fun.