‘Sword of Trust’ Film Review: Marc Maron’s Masterful Turn Exposes the Deep Roots of Lynn Shelton’s Comedy

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‘Sword of Trust’ Film Review: Marc Maron’s Masterful Turn Exposes the Deep Roots of Lynn Shelton’s Comedy
If ever there were a movie for our era, it is surely Lynn Shelton’s deceptively low-fi comedy “Sword of Trust,” which cheerfully skewers its targets even as it sweetly wears its heart on its sleeve.

The movie premiered at SXSW, and it’s safe to say Shelton is preaching to a pretty well-defined choir. If you connect to her liberal heroes, you’ll probably love the movie. If you favor her Maga-fied villains, you’re more likely to write nasty comments about her on Twitter. Given that she’s thought out every other aspect of the project with acerbic intelligence, one suspects she’s prepared for this schism, too.

The divide that cleaves America is, after all, the film’s foundation. And its locus is a grungy corner of Birmingham, Alabama, where Mel (comedian/podcaster Marc Maron) — a wisecracking Jewish blues musician from New Mexico — runs a sleepy pawnshop
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