By the end, it becomes what it initially parodies: a dime-a-dozen slasher film with a silly-looking doll as the villain.
A remake of Child’s Play, starring Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry, is now in the can and coming to a theater near you.
Hosking’s film is one of those absurdist boutique comedies that pushes against the definition of a punchline.
Among other things, Plaza spoke to us about how having a stroke at age 20 has informed her work.
The film is indebted to Alexander Payne’s social comedies, which dwell in the backwash of the American dream.
The cast informs their non sequiturs with such soulfulness, allowing the film to largely sustain its one-joke premise.
Gunpowder & Sky has released a safe-for-work green band trailer for the Jeff Baena film.
The film feels most real, even at its most absurd, when focused on the idea of closure as a kind of fantasy.
Much like with Neighbors 2, Mike and Dave’s obvious ace in the hole is its commitment to gender parity.
It emerges as something chillingly akin to the unholy love child of Judd Apatow and Donald Trump.
The film’s larger points essentially fall by the wayside in the name of black comedy that’s largely without genuine edge.
As characters digress on the differences between rom-coms and real life, it evinces a schizophrenic relationship with its own inside-baseball cynicism.
Like Cake, Meadowland takes a slow, painfully close look at the effects of a parent losing a child.
Jeff Baena’s film, at heart, is just another overly familiar story of a boy struggling to get over his first love and who’s rewarded for his troubles with a less volatile replacement model.
However self-aware the film may be, its characters and moods and conflicts are too over-determined and familiar to linger in the memory very long after the credits roll.
Essentially the film aims to trade in the awkwardness of teen sexuality, but too often settles for the gross-out gag instead.
Unfortunate proof that Pixar, previously known for its brains, is now resting a little too heavily on its nominal brawn.