A low-budget children’s TV show produced for an audience of one, James. When the show abruptly ends, James realizes that everything about his life is a lie, and he must learn to cope with the realities of a new world that he knows nothing about.
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One of the most overlooked film of the year (thanks to the misleading title that made people wrongfully assumed this as a Children Movie, I guess?). A film so pure and earnest, just like the character played by Kyle Mooney (which, if there's justice in the world, should have been mentioned in every awards conversation this year).
Kyle Mooney is such a comedy genius. Even in the SNL, where he seems misplaced, he knows how to twist humour and tragedy in the most fresh and human way. Here he was all the space to shine and to show how bright he's mind is! I loved it!
DOPE AS SHIT! It's not perfect and it dodged a lot of Sundance Clichés™ by an inch, but it is the best 2017 film about making films and one of the rare times where comedians take dramatic roles with measured confidence and no overacting. Mooney's commitment to the part takes this would be Gondry leftover to some amazing emotional and comedic heights. I wouldn't mind if it went on for another hour.
It has some plot contrivances and I don't think it balances comedy and psychological issues as successfully and carefully as some other film I could mention. But, for the most part, I was very taken with this original, highly humorous, and unusually inspiring tale. Mooney (who also co-wrote the film) gives an outstanding performance, being true to the character's awkwardness while still being wholly sympathetic.