People Places Things
Release Date: August 14 (limted/on demand)
Director: Jim Strouse
Cast: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephanie Allynne
Flight of the Conchords star Clement is warmly charismatic as an Everyman dad who discovers his wife (Allynne) is having an affair—at their twin girls’ fifth birthday party, no less. A year later, he still can’t shake the break-up, but when a student (Williams, winning) sets him up with her mom (the wonderful Hall), things start looking up. Though battling occasional bouts of twee—I mean, y’know, he’s a graphic novelist—and burdened by the predictable third-act entanglements, People glides on the skill of its performers. Hall is introduced with a borderline stream-of-consciousness monologue that’s absolutely priceless, and the heartbreaking honesty of her “Don’t bullshit me” after their affection reveals itself cuts like a knife. And Allynee (prominently featured in the Tig documentary) gives real dimension and complexity to what could’ve easily been played as a cardboard shrew. It’s a fairly predictable movie, but engaging nonetheless.