When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship cause him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.
At first fancying himself an "enigmatic poet", twenty something Art gradually realizes that he must take action if he's going to escape his depressed life as a struggling musician in London. A solution comes in the shape of a book titled "It's Not Your Fault". Not content to just draw inspiration from its pages, however, Art invites the elderly author of the book to come live with him and his parents, which quickly becomes a painfully funny journey about dysfunction and growing up. Written by
This was a great movie - hilarious, even though I was definitely skeptical of Robert Pattinson's acting ability - and the premise was really too funny and too fitting for way too many people. Art is so pathetic. I swear, it was like watching a high brow Napoleon Dynamite. I wouldn't call the humor British. I mean, it's essentially the same as what you see in a lot of ridiculous, character-driven comedies where the characters themselves are totally unaware of just how funny they're being. The humor is just very dead pan, and I think some people watch the film expecting something more sophisticated or thoughtful. Sure, it's more profound than Napoleon Dynamite, but the idea of simultaneously gawking at and rooting for such a bizarre and socially impotent character is basically the same in both films. This is really among my favorite movies, just because it captures that strange moment of self-loathing self-obsession that lots of people go through right around the time of the quarter life crisis.
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