Somebody Up There Likes Me 2013 CC

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(27) IMDb 5.8/10
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Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) stumbles through life with his best friend and the woman they both adore (Jess Weixler) in this smart, subversive comedy about watching your life fly by. With Megan Mullally.

Starring:
Nick Offerman, Jess Weixler
Runtime:
1 hour 16 minutes

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Somebody Up There Likes Me

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Genres Comedy
Director Bob Byington
Starring Nick Offerman, Jess Weixler
Supporting actors Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt, Marshall Bell, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kevin Corrigan, Jonathan Togo, Megan Mullally, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Ted Beck, Allison Latta, Bob Schneider, Chris Doubek, Mike Wachs, Josh Ashy Holden, Nick Holden, Margie Beegle, Josh Meyer, Bill Wise
Studio Tribeca Film
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Definitely worth a rental.
Michael Allen
Its humor, for the most part, derives from awkward situations and uncomfortable dialogue (or even more uncomfortable silences).
K. Harris
It was a good movie, very entertaining.
Suzanne Potter Thomas

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mason on March 20, 2013
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It's very easy to say that if one likes Parks and Recreation, especially Nick Offerman's character Ron Swanson, then he should watch this film. Indeed, the film utilizes him very effectively, and he is worth the price of admission alone. However, there a lot more things to like in this movie than just him. The entire cast, which includes Offerman's wife Megan Mullally, is absolutely fantastic under the sublime direction of Bob Byington (whose previous work is also worth checking out, particularly Harmony and Me). They have incredible chemistry, which greatly enhances all of the comedic moments in the film (and there's plenty of them). In the end, even if you're totally unfamiliar with Offerman and the other actors, there's still a lot of enjoyment to be had with this little film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matchstick Man on March 20, 2013
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Out of all the indie movies I have seen in the last few months, "Somebody Up There Likes Me" was one of the more memorable and surprisingly good titles that stuck with me after I watched it. Usually I am not a fan of movies that tackle the issues shown in the film, but I really enjoyed the characters and the brisk pace of the story. One of the better films I got at this year's SXSW.
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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).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Austin Culp on March 18, 2013
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I saw this back at SXSW 2012 and again later that year. Two times in and I thought it was hilarious. On par with Byington's previous film, Harmony and Me. Nick Offerman (AKA RON SWANSON) plays the friend to the clueless, immature lead character. Watch the trailer for just a hint at Offerman's funny character in the film. Definitely check this one out if you like Parks & Rec! Although not the same humor, I feel as though Offerman can deliver the punches similarly. Also features a score from Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By will barton on March 13, 2013
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I really enjoyed this movie. Spurred by a Nick Offerman AMA on reddit I discovered and subsequently watched this movie this afternoon. YES! I find dry humor hit-or-miss typically; this film was a hit. Nick Offerman was terrific, but didn't steal the show, but added to the whole. I found Max((Keith Poulson) generally anti-protagonist, but the dialogue was fantastic. In fact, I spent enough time laughing aloud that I actually had to rewind the movie on several occasions. I like to read reviews of movies after I've watched them and a lot of them mention a similarity to Wes Anderson flicks. I agree, BUT... I'm kinda done with Wes Anderson, If I'd read that before hand I might have passed here. I'm glad i didn't. See it. The end was "fine". It felt particularly "Indy", it's not a knock. I appreciated it (and I'm pretty sure I get it), I just felt like this movie deserved a little less ambiguity before the curtain. There is already enough to enjoy and discuss.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Cooper on March 12, 2013
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I caught this film at last year's SXSW film festival, and it ended up being one of the more memorable surprises of the fest. A droll comedy with elements of surrealism blended in, Somebody Up There Likes Me is about Max (Keith Poulson), who drifts through life with an air of detachment, taking in every new major development (such as marriage and childbirth) with a shrug. In a sense nothing really seems to change for Max, a point which is driven home by the fact that he never visibly ages on screen, even though the story skips ahead 5 years at a time on numerous occasions. Max is frequently accompanied by his best friend and co-worker Sal (Nick Offerman), who dishes out hilarious advice and acts as a sounding board, confidant and, eventually, romantic rival.

Somebody Up There Likes Me is a wry meditation on life, fate, mortality, and responsibility. Despite the presence of such seemingly heady themes, the film is briskly paced and remains consistently funny thanks to some sharply written dialogue and a terrific cast. Keith Poulson and Nick Offerman make for a great pair, and their banter is perhaps the highlight of the movie. The animated interludes (by Bob Sabiston, of Waking Life/A Scanner Darkly fame) are evocative and contribute to the somewhat dreamy quality of the material. I look forward to seeing the film again, as it's one that has stuck with me for some time. If nothing else, Somebody Up There Likes Me feels completely unique, an oddball charmer that takes you on a funny and melancholy journey through something like human existence. If it's not open in a theater in your neck of the woods, I would highly recommend checking it out On Demand.
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