Somebody Up There Likes Me
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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.
An Interview with Nick Offerman � P***y & Weed Music Video � Faux EPK � Audio Commentary with Nick Offerman & Bob Byington
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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.