Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez
In the first-ever screen adaptation of the work of acclaimed writer David Sedaris, a privileged college grad sets off to explore the world. When his friend unexpectedly bails on him at an apple farm, David finds himself stranded, forced to get his hands dirty.
A privileged college grad sets off to explore the world. When his friend unexpectedly bails on him at an apple farm, David finds himself stranded, forced to get his hands dirty.
Cast: Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll
Not at all a comedy. And based on real events so even more dark. Not even a dark comedy - unless of course you, like the writer whose essay this movie was based upon, was able to largely escape the world depicted in this film, then perhaps you can laugh. Much humanity in the evolution of the main character though. A coming of age movie for sure. Very well done in terms of character evolution....very very believable, great acting by everyone and particularly the main character. Much here about ethnicity and class and rural poor (No wonder DT has a base in these forgotten people I live among still). Having seen David Sedaris in a Master Class though he does have an emotional distance that might make him able to laugh at these things especially given he has a loving family and a overall good life in which he, once humbled, ultimately relatively easily and quickly escaped back to and away from the sort of life the characters he came across could not escape from and who are depicted in this film - a life he was likely never in danger of having to succumb to given his family. I did find David Sedaris in his Master Class to have an emotional detachment that only the privileged or entirely apathetic can afford mixed with a tender and deep understanding of humanity; the combination was disconcerting only because it seems he keeps the comforts of his privledge to himself and leaves us only with the unavoidable harshness of life and some bits of insightful self depreciating humor as the boobie prize. The movie doesn't owe us any hope for the characters and I needed some so gave it a lower rating - just too depressing for me and highly realistic...frightening when you don't have the talent and family to escape the world he merely visited for a post graduate education. I would like his work better if he acknowledge how privileged he is and how much what he does is based on that - perhaps in the essay this movie was based on he is trying to atone for some sort upper classman's survivors guilt without directly criticizing the system...it is as if it is all inevitable, perhaps it is).
I thought this was terrible. Sound effects were distracting for sure, but the main issues is that there is no resolution - does he stubbornly continue on this journey? Does he go back home to Connecticut, with greater maturity because of what he has experienced? Very dissatisfying.
A wonderful off beat movie. I was sorry to see it end. never a dull moment.
Really good,highly recommend
Entertaining , great film