A lonely comic book fan, Les Franken, has a reaction to medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero.A lonely comic book fan, Les Franken, has a reaction to medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero.A lonely comic book fan, Les Franken, has a reaction to medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero.
Over-Serious and Smotheringly Dark, This is One Bitter Pill
An introverted meter maid attempts to change his pathetic personal life by participating in an anti-anxiety drug study, but quickly runs into some psychotic side-effects. When the drug alters his perception of reality, his mind takes the cue to mean he's developed super powers, which he immediately applies to the streets as a self-styled hero. A dark comedy that's quite similar to Rainn Wilson's odd superhero send-up Super, it's often hopelessly lost in the deep, complicated middle ground between absurdist comedy and bleak, grizzled reality. Character actor and stand-up comic Michael Rapaport plays a good sympathetic lead, but his naive nature and good intentions only make the tribulations he endures that much more difficult for the viewing audience. It's a light, energetic first act that's backed by a tough, distressed greater story, and the frequent reminders that the protagonist is hallucinating steal most of the drama from its root concept. A troubling little package that can't quite settle its own private identity crisis.
- Jul 30, 2012
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