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Somebody Up There Likes Me

Nick Offerman , Keith Poulson , Bob Byington    Unrated   DVD

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Special Features

An Interview with Nick Offerman � P***y & Weed Music Video � Faux EPK � Audio Commentary with Nick Offerman & Bob Byington

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Somebody Up There Likes Me is a comedic fable about a man watching his life fly by. Max, along with his best friend Sal and the woman they both adore, stumbles through thirty-five years of mandatory but seemingly unfulfilling entanglements. Featuring an original score from Vampire Weekend�s Chris Baio, stunning animated sequences from Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly), produced by Offerman and directed by cult auteur Bob Byington (Harmony & Me), the experience of life sneaking up on you while time seemingly stands still has never been more surreal and charmingly entertaining.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Minimalist And Eccentric: This Small Oddball Indie May Be A True Love It Or Hate It Proposition Sept. 6 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Indie comedies don't get much stranger than the oddball endeavor from writer/director Bill Byington "Somebody Up There Likes Me." To boil it down, you will either think this movie is an unorthodox treat or you will absolutely loathe it! I don't believe that this experience will brook much middle ground. At only 75 minutes, the movie has an experimental feel and an unrepentant quirkiness. Its humor, for the most part, derives from awkward situations and uncomfortable dialogue (or even more uncomfortable silences). With a combination of deadpan humor and animated interludes, the film charts the life and loves of its central character Max Youngman (Keith Paulson). Max is oblivious to the world around him, completely self centered, and seemingly unwilling to change. An unambitious slacker, he coasts through life on the indulgence of others. He's not a good friend, not a good husband, and not a good father. His life lessons are few and far between, but the screenplay revels in the constancy of his continued cluelessness. And to see Max's skewed worldview is not without its charms.

I used the world constancy to describe Max because, in many ways, he never ages in "Somebody Up There Likes Me." Neither in emotional intellect or in physical appearance, this is not a character that will evolve or come to a meaningful epiphany about life. That is both the major plot thread and the sustained joke of the film. We meet Max as his marriage has come to a close. He's a waiter at a high end establishment where he works with his best friend Sal (Nick Offerman, who also serves as a producer on the film). Clinically dispassionate, he want to move on with his life without repeating the same mistakes. A likely candidate for the most unromantic courtship ever is another server (Jess Weixler). Once establishing these primary characters, the movie than races through time to chart their progress in the following years. The movie spends a few minutes on a scene and than may advance five years to the next scene. It's an unusual narrative device, but it serves this small movie well.

It would be easy to look at "Somebody Up There Likes Me" as either an experiment in hyperreality or just plain fantasy. I tend to opt for the first explanation. There is a metaphysical component to the storytelling in that a mysterious suitcase follows our protagonist through the picture. I won't reveal any more than that, but I'm not sure it added a whole lot to the experience for me as a viewer. It's strange, to be sure, but not necessarily as integrated into the plot line as I would like. The cast makes the most of the film's unrepentant oddity. Weixler is appealing and Offerman is solid (although I'd still like to see him headline a piece). He even enlists real life wife Megan Mullally for a small but important role, you may not recognize her at first but you'll recognize that voice! But the movie really rests on Paulson's shoulders. And quite frankly, I thought he was hysterical. Sure the performance is one-note, but that's the whole idea. I thought he perfectly embodied the film's man-child aesthetic. "Somebody Up There Likes Me" may be too eccentric or too minimalist for some. It's a divisive experience that you'll either love or hate. KGHarris, 9/13.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this! Sept. 25 2013
By hnnhhwng - Published on Amazon.com
Such a sweet little film that showcases the difficult transition that everyone experiences when trying to become an "adult." With any other cast, this movie could be cliche, but the script, soundtrack, and obviously - the cast, which features Nick Offerman and Keith Poulson - makes the film relatable instead. The movie is fun, whimsical, unique and warm, and I laughed out loud so many times. The film, relatively short in length, features incredible detail, such as the beautiful illustrations/graphics in the transition periods. A definite must-watch!
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok comedy Jan. 19 2014
By Jhaves - Published on Amazon.com
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the main thing I liked about this is the offbeat tone, but other than that, kind of slow and not real funny (maybe just went over my head—dunno).
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars Aug. 25 2014
By toni froeschner - Published on Amazon.com
The dvd arrived in great condition. Only problem is it only plays half the movie !!

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