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Somebody Up There Likes Me -- Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) stumbles through life with his best friend and the woman they both adore (Jess Weixler) in this smart, subversive comedy about watching your life fly by. With Megan Mullally.
Somebody Up There Likes Me -- A comedy about a man, his best friend, and the woman they both adore watching their lives fly by.


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  (in credits order)

Nick Offerman ... Sal

Keith Poulson ... Max

Jess Weixler ... Lyla

Stephanie Hunt ... Clarissa

Marshall Bell ... Lyla's Father

Kate Lyn Sheil ... Ex-Wife

Kevin Corrigan ... Memorial Man

Jonathan Togo ... Adult Lyle

Megan Mullally ... Therapist

Anna Margaret Hollyman ... Paula
Ted Beck ... Homeless Man

Allison Latta ... Rachel
Bob Schneider ... Wedding Singer

Chris Doubek ... Farting Businessman
Mike Wachs ... Car Rental Employee
Josh Ashy Holden ... Wedding Guest #1

Nick Holden ... Wedding Guest #2 (as Nick Ashy Holden)
Margie Beegle ... You Guys Lady

Josh Meyer ... You Guys' Ladys Son

Bill Wise ... Caterer #1

Jonny Mars ... Caterer #2

Alex Ross Perry ... Pizza Customer #1
Ian Graffunder ... Lyle Age 10
Stephen Gurewitz ... Derek

Barry Lacina ... Airport Bartender
Alejandro Rose-Garcia ... Bus Boy #1 (as Ali Rose Garcia)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Caleb Barwick ... Boy at Birthday Party
Cameron Beaton ... Heckler #2
Colin Beaton ... Heckler #1
David L. Benedict ... Bus Boy #1 / Patron
Cheryl Bond Danks ... Steakhouse Patron / Wedding Guest

Andrew Bujalski ... Ambulance Screen Doctor

Angelique Chappell ... Resturant Patron / Hot Plate Customer
Chad Charnas ... Mourner

Chloë Evans ... Diner at Restaurant
Brigid Flanagan ... 16-yr-Old Wedding Guest

Tabyana Ford ... Girl at the Birthday Party
Christopher Garrett ... Morner
Jacqueline Harper ... Featured Extra

Mark Holliway ... Restaurant Patron
Julio Lucero ... Bus Boy #2
Caroline McNeil ... Wedding Guest
Jason Paek ... Chapstick Man
Matt Parmenter ... Wedding Band Bass Player
Haydee Rodriguez ... Maid

Peggy Schott ... Disapproving lady

Gary Teague ... Steakhouse Patron
Jeff Weathers

Manuel C Cruz ... Popcorn Guy (uncredited)
Steve Jimenez ... Restaurant patron / police officer (uncredited)

Kaelynn Wright ... Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Byington 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bob Byington 

Produced by
Stuart Bohart .... executive producer
Morgan Coy .... executive producer
Seana Flanagan .... associate producer
Hans Graffunder .... producer
Christos V. Konstantakopoulos .... executive producer
Brenda Mitchell .... executive producer
Nick Offerman .... producer
Marla Quintana .... line producer
Original Music by
Chris Baio 
Cinematography by
Sean Price Williams 
Film Editing by
Frank V. Ross 
Production Design by
George Dishner 
Art Direction by
Leila Dallal 
Costume Design by
Kim H. Ngo 
Lily Walker 
Makeup Department
Katie Elrod .... assistant hair stylist
Abiiba Howell .... key hair stylist (as Abiiba S. Howell)
Abiiba Howell .... key makeup artist (as Abiiba S. Howell)
Alexei O'Brien .... makeup designer
Leola Perez .... assistant hair stylist
Rose Russo .... assistant hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Seana Flanagan .... first assistant director
Art Department
Andrea Doyle .... art assistant
Elana Farley .... set dresser
Carrie Gates .... art assistant
Mark Miller .... art assistant
Sound Department
Greg Armstrong .... sound mixer
Gopal Bidari .... sound mixer
Eric Friend .... sound effects editor
Lyman Hardy .... dialogue editor
Lyman Hardy .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Gurewitz .... digital imaging technician
Wade Mitchell .... assistant camera
Wade Mitchell .... camera pa
Wade Mitchell .... second assistant camera
Reed Smith .... first assistant camera
Animation Department
Bob Sabiston .... head animator
Casting Department
Christina Jennings .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Proletina Veltcheva .... costume assistant (as Polly Veltchev)
Editorial Department
Parke Gregg .... colorist
Parke Gregg .... on-line editor
Stephen Gurewitz .... assistant editor
Allison Turrell .... post-production producer
Location Management
Barry Lacina .... location manager
Music Department
Lauren Marie Mikus .... music supervisor
Other crew
Paul Conrad .... production assistant (as Paul Linden)
André Des Rochers .... legal services provided by
Bianca Grimshaw .... legal services provided by
Christina Jennings .... production assistant
Emma Nicolas .... production assistant
Shane Ramirez .... production assistant
Molly Routt .... production coordinator
Cody Sallee .... key production assistant
John Sheehan .... production assistant
Caroline Wallace .... production assistant
Will Youngblood .... assistant to megan mullally and nick offerman
Will Youngblood .... assistant: nick offerman

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26 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Portrait of a (Perpetually) Young Man, 19 February 2013
Author: coop2046 from United States

I caught this film at last year's SXSW film festival, and it ended up being one of the more memorable surprises of the fest. A droll comedy with elements of surrealism blended in, Somebody Up There Likes Me is about Max (Keith Poulson), who drifts through life with an air of detachment, taking in every new major development (such as marriage and childbirth) with a shrug. In a sense nothing really seems to change for Max, a point which is driven home by the fact that he never visibly ages on screen, even though the story skips ahead 5 years at a time on numerous occasions. Max is frequently accompanied by his best friend and co-worker Sal (Nick Offerman), who dishes out hilarious advice and acts as a sounding board, confidant and, eventually, romantic rival.

Somebody Up There Likes Me is a wry meditation on life, fate, mortality, and responsibility. Despite the presence of such seemingly heady themes, the film is briskly paced and remains consistently funny thanks to some sharply written dialogue and a terrific cast. Keith Poulson and Nick Offerman make for a great pair, and their banter is perhaps the highlight of the movie. The animated interludes (by Bob Sabiston, of Waking Life/A Scanner Darkly fame) are evocative and contribute to the somewhat dreamy quality of the material. I look forward to seeing the film again, as it's one that has stuck with me for some time. If nothing else, Somebody Up There Likes Me feels completely unique, an oddball charmer that takes you on a funny and melancholy journey through something like human existence.

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