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Rated NR · 85 minutes · 2012

Drama
Todd Solondz, the cinematic poet of New Jersey suburban angst, returns to the land of Wiener Dog and Life During Wartime with the story of Abe Wertheimer (Jordan Gelber), a thirtysomething man-child whose search for love goes awry. If Robert Bresson were born middle-class Jewish in the Meadowlands in the Sixties, Mouchette or Au Hasard Balthazar might have looked like this. But he wasn’t, so instead we’re treated to Abe’s familiar-looking foibles: his action figures, his Hummer, his Diet Coke, the parents (Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow) with whom he lives, his ineptitude, and the woman he fastens on (Selma Blair). Acting honors all around, especially for Gelber, Blair, and Donna Murphy as Abe’s admin-assist fairy godmother. Probably writer-director Solondz’ most accessible comedy, although the laughs, as usual, verge on hysterical despair. (85 min.)


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Director: Todd Solondz
Producer: Ted Hope, Derrick Tseng and Nick Quested
Cast: Justin Bartha, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Jordan Gelber, Donna Murphy, Christopher Walken, Zachary Booth, Aasif Mandvi, Tyler Maynard, Peter McRobbie, Mary Joy, Di Quon and Lee Wilkof

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