Chicago – At the start, I’ll admit to kind of hating Bob Byington
’s truly unusual “Somebody Up There Likes Me
,” playing this weekend at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago with local actor and “Parks and Recreation
” scene-stealer Nick Offerman
in attendance. It’s such a mannered, unique piece that it verges on grating. However, it slowly worked on me with its quirky sensibility to the point that some of it worked. The film never quite comes together enough to get over the sense that it’s a comedy made by people who think they’re too cool to laugh but it comes close.
The abrasive Max (Keith Poulson
) works at a steakhouse with Sal (Offerman) and approaches the world with the kind of deep, hipster detachment that would make Wes Anderson
call him pretentious. He kind of bobs and weaves through life, barely registering any sort of