For JR (comedian Carlen Altman) and her brother Colin (director Alex Ross Perry), a road trip boils over with complex sibling rivalry in this self-described “objectionable comedy about disappointment and forgiveness.”
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"There are people who watch this film and say they find the characters uninteresting or overly irritating. Those people are assholes who either have the most inexplicably charmed lives or a deluded sense of self-satisfaction for crafting a world free of conflict, larger-than-life personalities, or actual human beings." http://goo.gl/K83o2N
Carlen Altman looks like Anna Karina and acts like an awkward teenager. Similarly, The Color Wheel, with its elegantly grainy B&W, looks like Godard and acts like a kid doing an impression of Jerry Lewis. Perry's comedy is all over the place, to such an extent that it's rather amazing it's all contained within the same film. The protagonists are often obnoxious but Perry treats them with deep compassion.
There are moments where its "mumblecore" roots become too prevalent for my taste, but ARP's ultra-grainy vision of a drab world inhabited by deviants, losers and jerks makes the film shine among its contemporaries. In the constantly expanding ocean of American indies that deal with talkative, off-track 20-somethings, this is one of the only titles I'd recommend. I'm interested in seeing what Perry takes on next.
"Do I look barely legal in a mature way?" As quotable as it is funny and awkward and shallow and, yes, sad. And the best compliment is the fact that, as Ross Perry himself confirmed in the screening I went to, the dialogues were actually completely scripted (something I kept doubting whilst watching it). All in all, a very cynical, very devious road movie.