People Places Things (2015)
Starring Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, Jessica Williams, Michael Chernus, Gia Gadsby, and Andrea Gadsby
Directed by Jim Strouse
***This film is currently streaming on Netflix***
While I recognize that Jemaine Clement's dryly humorous personality may not be for everyone, I was a big fan of his short-lived comedy series Flight of the Conchords and Clement's tone is very similar in director-writer James Strouse's film. Clement exudes a lackadaisical, yet caring nature and he brings a heartfelt (and sometimes heartbroken) drollness to the film that many actors may find difficult to convey. Regina Hall provides a nice counterpoint, playing a very intelligent woman who wants her college age daughter to realize her mother can be strongly independent, yet also wants to find that special someone with whom to share her life.
No one will ever mistake People Places Things for being incredibly deep, but it brings a believably humorous treatment to a somewhat hefty life situation. Clement and the cast do a great job of carrying both the comedic and dramatic moments of the film. Sometimes these low-budget indie comedies can seem too "edgy" or "hip" for their own good. That's not the case here in the slightest -- if anything, Clement's character is a bit of an anti-hipster (despite being a comic book artist). I appreciated this tone that writer Strouse brings and I'm definitely interested in seeing his work in the future.
The RyMickey Rating: B