Living In Missouri is a comedy of manners which tells the story of RYAN, AMY, and TODD, whose humdrum Midwestern lives are starting to come apart at the seams. Personal betrayals abound ...
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Living In Missouri is a comedy of manners which tells the story of RYAN, AMY, and TODD, whose humdrum Midwestern lives are starting to come apart at the seams. Personal betrayals abound when childhood friendships, broken-down marriages, and long-repressed desires come into conflict over the course of one tumultuous Missouri autumn. Ryan and Todd have been best friends since the 7th grade, and time has not been kind to either of them. Ryan is now married to Amy, with two young children and a 9-to-5 job he hates. The sexually frustrated Todd still lives in the basement of his parents' house, works in a video store, and secretly envies Ryan's married life. Meanwhile, Amy is stuck in the middle, balancing career and family with almost no help from Ryan, whose selfish behavior is quickly destroying what's left of their marriage. When Amy secretly turns to Todd for a shoulder to cry on, the two of them begin meeting regularly to discuss her marital woes. Todd misinterprets Amy's attention ... Written by
According to an interview with the director, Shaun Peterson, the movie is loosely based on an online persona Connor Ratliff created, named Ryan Johnson, for a fake Star Wars rumors site in 1998, when the Star Wars prequels were in production. Ratliff spun a fictional family around the Ryan character to such depth that he soon realized he had created viable characters for a film, and proceeded to write the story of Ryan Johnson, Amy Johnson, and his friend Todd. See more »
Funny and Sad - an unexpected pleasure, although a twisted one
I stumbled upon this movie a few years ago at a festival, totally by accident, and I loved it. It was one of those situations where you don't know what to expect, and I almost walked out because the short subject it was paired with was so awful. I'm glad I stayed, because it was such a good film.
This is a really entertaining movie, and I laughed a lot, but it is also really painful in places. In this respect, it sort of reminded me of THE OFFICE, which has a lot of comedy that makes me squirm. Some of the funniest parts involved Uncle Roy, played by the actor who is now better known as Donnie Darko's dad. He plays a really creepy old guy who lives in a basement, and all of his scenes really had me laughing.
At first, the movie sort of brought to mind the whole Kevin Smith thing, but I'm not really a fan of those movies, and I think there was a lot more humanity and emotion in this one. Some of it, particularly the second half, was truly heartbreaking. It's exactly the kind of surprise I've always wanted to experience at a film festival, where so often the things I see are disappointing. You always hope you'll discover something more like this. A very good film.
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