Twenty-six year old Scott is living on the streets and trying to find his way back into society while on probation for petty crimes. He attempts to navigate his relationship with his two ... See full summary »
A comedy about loss, grief, and the redemptive power of love. Dean is a NY illustrator who falls hard for an LA woman while trying to prevent his father from selling the family home in the wake of his mother's death.
With sudden passing of his grandmother, Peter Latang returns to his hometown and encounters his long lost, childhood friend, Donald Treebeck. What begins as a simple favor, turns into a long day's journey into the past.
A charming romance develops between a boy with one eye and an overweight girl, though when she loses her weight after going to college, their relationship is tested in devastating ways they never dreamed would happen.
Eloise, having been relieved of maid of honor duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated with five fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19.
Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.
Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.
Comedy is generally not my go-to genre for film. So established, after a run of flicks ranging from downer to downright demoralizing, I thought it high time for something a bit on the lighter side of celluloid offerings. That's when it struck me that the new indy and largely Kickstarter-funded road-tripping buddy dramedy "Folk Hero & Funny Guy" may be just what I needed. I don't if I needed it exactly, but it did fill the bill in terms of worthwhile, engaging and ultimately quite amusing fare.
Wyatt Russell is Jason Black, a take it as it comes popular folk singer and serial one-night stander who looks like he strolled in straight out of 1969. And I mean that in the strictly coolest sense. Russell can actually play and sing. Together with aspiring singer/songwriter Bryn (the breathtakingly adorable Meredith Hagner in a thoroughly appealing and natural turn) this talented pair generate genuinely impressive solo and duo performances, both acoustic and electrified, throughout "Folk Hero & Funny Guy".
Alex Karpovsky (HBO's "Girls") is the third component of this makeshift three-ring traveling circus of entertainment as a struggling stand-up comedian who is looking to revive a crashing career. His character of Paul eventually emerges as the unlikely inspiration for his two partners to change their lives for the better.
Writer/Director Jeff Grace does a fine job of keeping it loose and low-key through most of his movie. Still, a cluster of these character's lines as well as some of the scenes come off as forced and contrived here. And one would imagine that after the first several occasions of Paul meeting with nothing but coughs and crickets during a lame and out-of-touch bit about "Evites" he would STOP DOIN' the bit for crissakes. But these interludes of awkwardness and less than authentic affectations are few in number, and Grace capably keeps both the momentum and the music cranking for well more than the balance of the story.
As "Folk Hero & Funny Guy" comes to conclusion, this is the takeaway that left me saying softly to myself, "Aww. That's sweet."
The notion that a self-professed "dick" can actually wind up being a pretty damn decent dude after all.
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