This under sung gem is truly one of the most under-rated films of the previous year and surprisingly didn't connect with a larger audience; cult or otherwise. This highly original script works both as off kilter satire and psychological comedy full of solid supporting performances and a lead role that plays to the strengths/limitations of Kyle Mooney.
This was mildly entertaining. I liked its scope and unexpected optimism. The suspension of disbelief for its premise became a bit much when it piled on the sentimentalism near the end. Mark Hamill was easily the best part of the movie and made me laugh several times. Andy Samberg did not need to be in his random cameo near the end.
The cast is great from top to bottom — Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (who I now know from Love, Simon)— I love the concept, but most of all my question is... did the star of "Ball Champions" really just make me choke up in a movie about a cartoon bear? Amazing.
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).
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.