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Paul T.T. Easter,
JOSE STERN -- formerly Joseph Stern, until he discovered he was 1/8th Mexican -- is on the precipice of turning 40. Going on 75. He and his band, The Borges, have been relegated to playing childrens' birthday parties. He was always a little miserable. Now he's very miserable. Thankfully, he has in essence the perfect woman to balance him. DUSTY, his fiance, is a warm, beautiful, laid back, supportive, veterinarian. She is the Yin to his Yang. That is, until she discovers a old secret of Jose and kicks him out and into the warm bosom of his falling-apart-at-the-seams-married-with-children friends' home , where he spends the rest of film seeking counsel from his burnt out friends, dates an insane ex-girlfriend, and sorts through his past, all in an effort to find himself... and perhaps Dusty.Written by
Not nearly as humorous, or as clever, as Goldberg thinks it is!
'NO WAY JOSE': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
Adam Goldberg wrote, co-produced, directed and stars in this indie dark comedy flick. It was made on a budget of just $1 million and tells the story of a struggling musician, who's dumped by his fiancé; because she discovers a dark secret from his past. The film co-stars Ahna O'Reilly, Eric Siegel, Anna Belknap, Gillian Jacobs and Pat Healy. The material is not nearly as humorous, or as clever, as Goldberg thinks it is!
Jose Stern (Goldberg) is a 39-year-old musician, who's rock band can only get gigs at children's' parties. He's about to turn 40 and also wed his longtime girlfriend, Dusty (O'Reilly). While the two are in bed together, one night, Dusty learns a dark secret from Jose's past. What's worse though, is that he's been lying to her about it (since they met). So she dumps him, and kicks him out of their place. Jose sinks into even greater depression; and harasses his friends about it (Siegel and Belknap), while crashing on their couch.
I think I used to like Adam Goldberg, once upon a time, but now I think he's just annoying (in this film at least). He reminds me a little of Jay Baruchel; but Baruchel is much more gifted (and funny). This movie is kind of a pain to watch, if you feel the way that I do about Goldberg. His directing isn't bad, and he's still an OK actor, but his idea of comedy just doesn't work anymore.
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