A very welcome return for Solondz after the boring, tepid 'War During Lifetime'. This film eviscerates the popular "man child" comedies of the aughties and leaves the guts to rot in the sun. My only compliant is that Solodnz gives main character an easy out at the end. Selma Blair plays a role we have seem before, but she perfects it here. Christopher Walken plays one his best roles.
Best feel bad movie I've seen this year! The acting was fantastic and the comedy was brutal but hysterical. The whole film felt like the perfect antidote to the whole Judd Apatow man-child craze and the actual realities of that phenomena. In all honestly it felt more like a tragedy than a comedy! The ending almost made me cry and I loved how he played with reality throughout the film. One of the best of the year!
Will you be mine?... The movie is intense as shit and even more uncomfortable than Happiness (though it doesn't have a father admitting to his son that he would jerk off to him). Here we see Solondz actually create a sympathetic lead character but doesn't water down anything! Funny, Moving, Brutal. Really a remarkable movie.
shit script - mess of a story - horrible soundtrack - I loved his happiness movie but this was really annoying - like some cheap USA show. empty-headed. very few redeeming features. piss off with your coke product placement. Maybe the blurred out Toys r us sign was OK
Madness as a refuge from reality, as a dark place with no exits, no windows. Under the surface, impregnating it all, Solondz's trademark critique of depressive Western culture and values. Solondz unravels this tragicomedy where, if anything, we will learn to sympathize with the underdog, appreciate the sweetness in madness and distrust the norm in reality.
Mia Farrow's face melted off. However, this is a nice return to form for Solondz. A little more tender than most of his films, but still stands as a scathing and biting portrayal of a pathetic character brought into a pathetic life, influenced by a pathetic culture.