Director/writer/star Kris Avedisian expertly deconstructs the contemporary obsession with the "man-child" in this darkly funny story about former childhood best friends who reconnect decades later in their working-class Rhode Island neighborhood.
Peter Latang (Jesse Wakeman) left his childhood home of Warwick, Rhode Island to reinvent himself as a slick, Wall Street mover and shaker. When he's suddenly forced to return home to bury his grandmother, he loses his wallet on the trip and ends up at looseends. Stranded and broke, Peter looks to the only person he can think of to help him out- his next door neighbor and former childhood friend Donald (played by Avedisian). The ever-eccentric Donald hasn't changed a bit, and what starts as a simple favor turns into along and unhinged van ride into their past. Painfully awkward moments and increasingly bizarre – and dangerous – hijinks ensue, as the friends rediscover their stifled aggression and teenaged rebelliousness.
Avedisian’s pitch-perfect first feature is a brilliant twist on the family-reunion melodrama and the classic buddy comedy.
- Director: Kris Avedisian
- Country: USA
- Genre: Comedy | Drama
- Year: 2017
- Run Time: 01:25:00
- imdb Score: 7.1/10 (160 votes)
- Language: English
- Rating: Not Rated
- Cast: Jesse Wakeman, Louisa Krause, Tyrone Alcorn
Eric Kohn - INDIEWIRE
"A perfect illustration of Freud's links between jokes and the unconscious-or just why it sucks to go home-Kris Avedisian's debut feature is essential post-holiday viewing."
Violet Lucca - FILM COMMENT
"Finding the drama and humor in everyday situations like these isn't easy, but Avedisian makes it look as natural as swinging on a vine."
Elise Nakhnikian - SLANT MAGAZINE
"In a bitterly funny performance, Avedisian lets Donald's freak flag fly, a big-toothed grin lighting up his face, framed by a shaggy haircut not deliberate enough to be a mullet."
Serena Donadoni - VILLAGE VOICE
AFI Fest 2016
Florida Film Festival 2016
Special Jury Award - Excellence in Directing
Montclair Film Festival 2016
Special Jury Prize - Acting
Sidewalk Film Festival 2016
Woods Hole Film Festival 2016
Best Feature Film and Best Emerging Filmaker Award
South by Southwest SXSW 2016
New Directors/New Films 2016
Independent Film Festival of Boston 2016
Maryland Film Festival 2016
Locarno Film Festival 2016
Vancouver Int'l Film Festival 2016
Hamptons Int'l Film Festival 2016
Rio de Janeiro Int'l Film Festival 2016
Philadelphia Int'l Film Festival 2016
Denver Int'l Film Festival 2016