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Wild Canaries (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 25 February 2015 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Takal ... Barri
Lawrence Michael Levine ... Noah
Alia Shawkat ... Jean
Annie Parisse ... Eleanor
Jason Ritter ... Damien
Kevin Corrigan ... Anthony
Marylouise Burke ... Sylvia
Lindsay Burdge ... Annabell
Eleonore Hendricks ... Molly
Jennifer Kim ... Lori
Kent Osborne ... Calvin
Donnetta Lavinia Grays ... Claire
Mason Matthias Mason Matthias ... Wren
Maebel Mills Maebel Mills ... Wren
Khan Baykal ... Sharif
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In Brooklyn, engaged Noah and Barri have hit a rough spot in their relationship. Their issues stem from what may be an impending mid-life crisis for thirty-six year old Noah, and financial issues partly from Barri's unemployment, which has led to them taking in a roommate, Jean, Barri's restaurant managing lesbian friend. These issues are only exacerbated by Barri and Jean contemplating going into a Barri-initiated joint venture to renovate then open and manage a resort if they can find the necessary property upstate, this proposition despite they having no money and as of yet no investors. Noah believes Jean only agreed to the proposition because she is in love with Barri herself. Although Barri states she is all right with it, another issue may be Noah working for his ex-girlfriend Eleanor in her small home-based media firm. Although Eleanor is also primarily a lesbian, she and Noah only broke up because of wanting different things in life. Noah and Barri largely get along with the ... Written by Huggo

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9 May 2014 | by plkldfSee all my reviews

Every once in a while you see a gem at Maryland Film Festival. This picture is a gem.

I'm giving them an extra point or two for being young filmmakers. Really good tho. A dream of a screenplay, with several events taken from the filmmakers' lives -- Lawrence Michael Levine wrote and directed, and plays the male lead. His real-life wife, Sophia Takal, co-stars. Ms Takal's dream of resurrecting a casino, which Mr Levine thought was a bad idea in real life, recurs in the film, and the mysterious wild canaries of the title appear at the casino.

This is a screwball murder mystery a la The Thin Man. Levine and Takal are also big Colombo fans, and Colombo's trench coat makes an appearance.

A very hip comedy, with great jokes and payoffs (a running gag about who should drive the car pays off hilariously), along with expert physical comedy. Funny and endearing. Nick and Nora would be proud.


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