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Wild Canaries (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 25 February 2015 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Takal ... Barri
Lawrence Michael Levine ... Noah
Alia Shawkat ... Jean
Annie Parisse ... Eleanor
Jason Ritter ... Damien
Kevin Corrigan ... Anthony
Marylouise Burke ... Sylvia
Lindsay Burdge ... Annabell
Eleonore Hendricks ... Molly
Jennifer Kim ... Lori
Kent Osborne ... Calvin
Donnetta Lavinia Grays ... Claire
Mason Matthias Mason Matthias ... Wren
Maebel Mills Maebel Mills ... Wren
Khan Baykal ... Sharif
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In Brooklyn, engaged Noah and Barri have hit a rough spot in their relationship. Their issues stem from what may be an impending mid-life crisis for thirty-six year old Noah, and financial issues partly from Barri's unemployment, which has led to them taking in a roommate, Jean, Barri's restaurant managing lesbian friend. These issues are only exacerbated by Barri and Jean contemplating going into a Barri-initiated joint venture to renovate then open and manage a resort if they can find the necessary property upstate, this proposition despite they having no money and as of yet no investors. Noah believes Jean only agreed to the proposition because she is in love with Barri herself. Although Barri states she is all right with it, another issue may be Noah working for his ex-girlfriend Eleanor in her small home-based media firm. Although Eleanor is also primarily a lesbian, she and Noah only broke up because of wanting different things in life. Noah and Barri largely get along with the ... Written by Huggo

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Amateur sleuths in brownstone Brooklyn—an entertaining blend of comedy and suspense
14 December 2015 | by The_late_Buddy_RyanSee all my reviews

If memory serves correctly, "Manhattan Murder Mystery" was only so-so Woody, kind of a throwaway, and this reboot/homage/ripoff is a lot more entertaining. The opening scenes are nothing special, but the murder plot starts heating up pretty quickly; the rest of the film's an interesting blend of comedy and suspense. The killer's MO is totally preposterous—maybe a comment on hipsters who always have some weird art project going on—but most of it's played pretty straight until the farcical climax, not counting a couple of ingenious sightgags; the script gets a lot of mileage out of one character's inability to figure out his new iPhone.

I'm pretty sure no other director would have picked (writer-director) Lawrence Michael Levine to play the male lead, but Sophia Takal has plenty of goofy charm as his suspicious fiancée. Indie stalwart Kevin Corrigan ("Results") makes a fine prime suspect; the attractive supporting cast includes Anne Parisse, Alia Shawkat and Jason Ritter as young creatives who get involved in various ways. At least one critic (Richard Brody of The New Yorker) picked "Wild Canaries" for his year-end-best-of list, though the critics on this site appear to be a much tougher crowd… Decidedly above-average streaming Netflix fare.


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