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  • Actors: Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler
  • Directors: Bob Byington
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CBVWWW0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,617 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bob Byington s smart, subversive comedy skips through 35 years in the life of Max Youngblood (Keith Poulson, Red Flag), his best (and only) friend Sal (Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation), and the woman they both adore (Jess Weixler, Teeth). As they stumble in and out of hilariously misguided relationships strung together with animated vignettes by Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly) and an original score by Vampire Weekend s Chris Baio Max never ages, holding on to a mysterious briefcase that may or may not contain the secret to life.

Special Features:

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

Review

Like a Todd Solondz film directed by Wes Anderson --The Hollywood Reporter

Consistently silly and poignant at once --Indiewire

Sharp-tongued, deeply funny ... Offerman is exquisitely deadpan --Cinema Scope

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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 hnnhhwng on September 25, 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jhaves on January 19, 2014
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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).
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By toni froeschner on August 25, 2014
The dvd arrived in great condition. Only problem is it only plays half the movie !!
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