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This movie is not on top of the world, Ma!!! But Boren is a good acting boy here!
Ay Momma Mia! Sometimes it takes decades for an offspring to completely disconnect from his parents. This thesis is authentically depicted in the independent film "Momma's Man". Writer-Director Azazel Jacobs tale is one of wily humor but also of heartbreak, fear, sociophobia, and regression. Matt Boren stars as Mikey, a Los Angelian married to a devoted wife and also father to a newborn baby. Mikey travels to his hometown New York on a business trip, and stays with his parents which are named in the film none other than Dad & Mom; and why not? They are portrayed by none other than Azazel's real parents Ken & Flo Jacobs. In NY, Mikey does succumb to a profound case of "I am not really to be a responsible daddy" syndrome. Therefore, Mikey "scared as a" Mouse decides to elongate his stay in his parents' Big Apple loft, which is the real abode where Ken & Flo Jacobs reside and Azazel grew up in. Mikey spends his time there regressing on the past by: playing with his old toys, reading & re-exploring his past artifacts, reconnecting with an ex-girlfriend, re-bonding with his childhood loony best friend, and living the mamma's boy life (hence the film title) by getting spoon-fed by Mom. At the same time, Mikey visits "excuse city" territory in trying to explain to his awaiting wife his overextended stay with Ma & Pa. Mikey also takes a couple of pedestrian trips around New York City, but with an apparent social phobic stride. I do commend Jacobs for his experimental techniques in telling a familiar predicament to many novice family men out there, but in a more subtle context without all the verbal exploits. However, it is very tedious to integrate sheer entertainment value in Jacobs' delicate direction of his slow-moving narrative; so at sporadic times, there was too much of the same. Nevertheless, Jacobs should be climbing up the thespian ladder in many years to come due to his idiosyncratic craftsmanship. Matt Boren's performance as the conflicted Mikey was restrained but yet remarkable. Boren should not have a boring, uneventful future acting career with turns like this. And the Ma & Pa acting shop of Ken & Flo Jacobs was also a very rewarding one with their astute characterizations of Mom & Dad. But at the end of the day, and excuse me for sounding like a momma's boy for this, I wanted more cinematic treats from "Momma's Man". *** Average
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