Friday, November 22, 2013
SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME (2013)
Written & Directed By: Bob Byington
Cinematography By: Sean Price Williams
Editor: Frank V. Ross
Cast: Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, Nick Offerman, Stephanie Hunt, Marshall Bell, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kevin Corrigan, Megan Mullally
A comedy about a man, his best friend, and the woman they both adore watching their lives fly by. A comedy about a man, his best friend, and the woman they both adore watching their lives fly by. Less of a film and more and absurdist feature. It has a story that is very episodic and keeps a deadpan humor throughout making it impossible To take anything seriously, but remember certain facts and relationships.
For instance the film takes place over many years and most of the cast sea except for the lead whose Character gets older but to the audience maintains he same look.
It almost feels like a film full of skits but all the actors stay in character.
This film is certainly an acquired taste but i found myself smiling and enjoying the film thoroughly throughout.
It's not for everyone as by he end you realize the film isn't really about anything. No one learns anything and most are the same as they were at the beginning of the film. So it seems more like an exercise that if you aren't in on at the beginning ground floor you are my going to enjoy.
At a brisk 75 minutes the film never overstays it's welcome and never loses steam though it would have been a bit much of the film had been longer.
If you are a fan of Nick Offerman this is the film for you as the film is filled with the type of humor he is known for and steals the film in a supporting role. He is also one of the films producers. Which is probably why his wife Megan Mullally has a cameo role in the film.
The whole cast is likeable and flexible in their roles and stay committed.
Stephanie Hunt as the maid/nanny makes a ever convincing temptress and is the only,Other actor whose character never seems to change age or appearance to the audience.
Though interesting enough Jess Weixler the female lead is the only one who has a nude scene and it just seems so random, Though In tune with the character and scene that it fits and isn't gratuitous nor exploitive.
In fact I am shocked she hasn't taken Greta Gerwig's title of indie movie queen as she has certain down to earth good looks and has an every girl quality where the more you get to know the character she plays the more good looking you notice she is, while having a certain off center loopiness with good will and a willingness to be goofy.