USA, 2011, 84 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subject: Black Comedy
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35mm presentation - Writer/director Todd Solondz (Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse) enters somewhat more upbeat territory with this quirky, tragicomic romance between eager underachiever Abe (Jordan Gelber) and insecure, over-medicated Miranda (Selma Blair). In his mid-30s, Abe is an avid toy collector who still lives with his parents (the wonderful Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow), and resents working for his father. His older brother Richard's (Justin Bartha) success as a doctor only feeds Abe's jealousy and frustration over his own failures. When Abe meets Miranda at a wedding and is instantly attracted, he convinces her to marry him after a whirlwind courtship. But, as the couple haltingly prepares to start a new life together, the film swerves into Abe's subconscious; he weaves fantasies of guilt and obsession, including one in which the fond older secretary (Donna Murphy) is a predatory "cougar" out to seduce him. Tempering his trademark lacerating humor with unexpected tenderness, Solondz creates a poignant and provocative portrait of a besieged man-child and his fractured family—the story of a longtime dark horse struggling to come from behind.
DIRECTOR: Todd Solondz
Principal Cast: Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Christopher Walken, Donna Murphy, Justin Bartha
US Distributor: Vitagraph Films
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