Here’s a short list of major studio movies coming out in the month of June: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, The Mummy, Cars 3, Transformers: The Last Knight, Despicable Me 3, and Amityville: The Awakening. And we’ve still got Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, King Arthur, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul in wide release. Sooooooooo who’s up for a trip to the art house?
RELEASE DATE: June 2
DIRECTOR: Demetri Martin
CAST: Demetri Martin, Gillian Jacbos, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Reid Scott
Stand-up fave Demetri Martin makes his feature writing/directing debut with this Woody Allen-esque story of a sad-sack Brooklyn cartoonist running away from his problems via a weekend trip to L.A., and the interesting woman (Gillian Jacobs) he meets there. Martin’s sensitive writing and wry dialogue sidestep most of the clichés; Jacobs’ character is thankfully complicated and imperfect, Martin’s likable but fumbly, and there’s a lovely subplot concerning his dad (Kevin Kline) that inserts just enough pathos and kindness into the thing. (It’ll also make you miss that period in the mid-to-late-’80s where it seemed like Kline and co-star Mary Steenburgen were in nearly everything, though we do luckily seem to be in that period with Ms. Jacobs.) Martin leans too heavily on formula beats in the back third, and the cutting and coverage of his dialogue scenes have a TV blandness, but those complaints aside, this is a charming and promising debut that’s hard not to love.