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95 Ratings

Somebody Up There Likes Me

Directed by Bob Byington
United States, 2012
Drama, Comedy


Thirty-five years in the life of Max (Keith Poulson), his best friend Sal (Nick Offerman) and a woman they both adore, Lyla (Jess Weixler).

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Somebody Up There Likes Me Directed by Bob Byington
Despite the spruced-up production values and leaps down the rabbit hole, the film remains true to the Byington spirit—snapshots of life bursting with disappointment and desperation, dished up tongue in cheek, laced with offbeat wit, and offered in a spirit of fun.
March 26, 2013
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The formalized performances and epigrammatic dialogue join with the story in evoking a yearning for cosmic order and—through all the tangled and torn connections—for the bonds of family and friendship. Though Byington’s own detachment and that of his characters never quite coalesce into a fully realized worldview, his moods and tones, as well as his comic inventions, deliver a sharp mnemonic bite.
March 25, 2013
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Everything from the scrupulously listless acting and cutesy score to the lack of effort expended on any kind of narrative conviction is part of the bone-dry hipster joke—including the fact that viewers are sitting there, probably deadpanning in sync.
March 25, 2013
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