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3.2
114 Ratings

Uncle Kent 2

Directed by Todd Rohal
United States, 2015
Drama, Comedy
  • English
  • English

Synopsis

In a desperate search to create a follow-up to Joe Swanberg’s 2011 film Uncle Kent, Kent Osborne travels to a comic book convention in San Diego where he loses his mind and confronts the end of the world.

Our take

We know what you’re thinking, “but I haven’t seen the first Uncle Kent” (or perhaps “what is Uncle Kent?”), but don’t fret—this is an entirely standalone film. A happily egregious sequel to end all sequels, Todd Rohal’s film is a welcome cocktail of sincere absurdity and filmmaking as playfulness.

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Awards & Festivals

SXSW Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Visions (Audience Award)

It starts with Osborne, once again under Swanberg’s direction, musing, joint in hand, on a concept for the very film we’re watching. But after twelve minutes (as a witty title card informs us), Swanberg is swapped out for Todd Rohal, and a familiarly low-key, naturalistic New York indie mutates into something keyed-up and ludicrously over-the-top. Scarcely are sequels so ambitious — or so original.
June 16, 2015
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At its best, the movie frames Osborne’s neuroses and hangups with a comic bluntness it shares with the star’s longtime employer, Adventure Time… At 70-odd minutes, Uncle Kent 2 is gratifyingly modest, but among sequels it manages an uncommon achievement: to stand on its own two feet, without either leaning on its predecessor’s store of goodwill or appearing redundant alongside it.
November 11, 2016
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In an age of corporate sequels, decision-by-focus group and blandest common-denominator marketing, there’s something raffishly appealing—even admirable—about it, even if Uncle Kent 2 ’s box office is likely to be negligible, talking dragon, goofy invisible-jerk pranks and Matrix-inflected woolgathering about the singularity notwithstanding.
November 09, 2016
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