| Seattle-based writer-director Lynn Shelton explores complex relationships in this dramedy about romance, grief and sibling rivalry.
At a party commemorating the one year anniversary of the death of his brother Tom, Jack (Mark Duplass) makes a scene revealing his ongoing emotional turmoil. His best friend Iris (Emily Blunt from “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” and “The Adjustment Bureau”), who used to date Tom, tells him that he needs to get away and think about his life.
Iris offers Jack her dad’s cabin located in a remote isolated area on an island in the Pacific Northwest. He takes a ferry and rides his red bicycle the rest of the way. He unexpectedly encounters Iris’ older sister Hannah (Rosemarie Dewitt from “The Company Men”).
Hannah is emotionally distraught after walking out on a seven-year relationship. They start drinking tequila and end up having awkward sex. Things get more complicated when Iris arrives the next morning with groceries. Jack and Hannah do their best to keep their indiscretion a secret.
This movie was shot in 12 days on an estimated shoestring budget of $125,000. The improvisational style doesn’t come close to HBOs “Curb Your Enthusiasm” or Christopher Guest’s “A Mighty Wind” and “Best in Show.”
The dialogue is rough and raw with no shortage of crude obscenities. One critic counted the characters swearing 85 times in 90 minutes, mostly the f-word.
As an avid bicyclist, the movie earns points from me in having Jack always wearing a helmet while riding. It loses its goodwill when Jack takes out his anger on this inanimate object and destroys his reliable mode of transportation.
This twisted tale has hidden agendas, pillow talk, latent romantic feelings, verbal fireworks and an ambiguous ending.
The movie premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
It is now playing exclusively for a limited engagement at AMC Studio 30, Leawood and the Tivoli in Westport.
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