A once-acclaimed New York playwright, NATE (Jemaine Clement), is struggling to finish his new play when his wife (Maria Dizzia) leaves him, taking their son. Desolate, broke and unable to ...
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A once-acclaimed New York playwright, NATE (Jemaine Clement), is struggling to finish his new play when his wife (Maria Dizzia) leaves him, taking their son. Desolate, broke and unable to pay the rent, Nate begrudgingly moves in with his widowed father, BOB (Elliott Gould), in his New Jersey retirement golf community. Bob, always quick with a joke, uses humor to deal with all of life's challenges, even the death of his beloved wife. It drives Nate crazy. Thinking his son could benefit from some discipline, Bob sends Nate to work for ELLIS (Willie Carpenter) an older ex-Marine who runs operations at the community. While at work, Nate stumbles on a senior citizen theater troupe staging a musical. Nate agrees to help but quickly realizes it won't be easy to get these quirky women to cooperate. And one of them, DEE (Annie Potts) even invites him to dinner to not-so-subtly set him up with her daughter, ALLISON (Ingrid Michaelson). Things reach a breaking point when a video of Nate's ...Written by
Spitting Cobra Films
The trailer made me laugh 10x more than the film itself. Jemaine Clement's American accent was one of the worst I'd heard in years. Despite all that, I found the ending uplifting and somewhat satisfying.
I'm sure that everyone can relate to some of the themes in Humor Me. Unfortunately, it came across as trying too hard to be funny. Jokes fell flat on a regular basis. Jemaine Clement and Elliott Gould are hilarious actors, but their talents were under-utilized here.
The plot seemed to wander around doing nothing for too long. The film itself also felt too long, which in itself was amazing given it just has a 93 minute running time.
At its core, the film has a lot of heart that began to win me over by the end - but please Jemaine, just keep your natural Kiwi accent in future.
Also - who the hell is Zimmerman?!
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