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Addicted to Fresno (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 1 September 2015 (USA)
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Follows the lives two co-dependent sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno.

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Jamie Babbit

Writer:

Karey Dornetto
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Greer ... Shannon
Natasha Lyonne ... Martha
Malcolm Barrett ... Eric
Jessica St. Clair ... Kristen
Edward Barbanell ... Jerry
Ron Livingston ... Edwin
Aubrey Plaza ... Kelly
John Roohinian John Roohinian ... Noah
Kumail Nanjiani ... Damon
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Denise
Jon Daly ... Boris Lipka
Paul Bates ... Henry
Molly Shannon ... Margaret Lipka
Barbara Drotow Barbara Drotow ... Kasia Lipka
Alan Mandell Alan Mandell ... Arthur Lipka
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This comedy tells the story of two sisters, a lesbian and a sex-addict, who work as maids at a hotel in a city named Fresno. Their lives change when one of the sisters thinks that they might have accidentally killed a man. Written by mockingjaywhispers and libbym

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Fresno is a city of 515,000 inhabitants and is the 34th largest city in the United States. See more »

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Spoofs The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Amnesia
Written by Andrew Underberg
Performed by Amaany
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How Sisters Can Sink Each Other
17 September 2015 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. It's not quite a unicorn, but it seems fair to call it a White Harbour Porpoise. Yes, it's that rare to see a Comedy movie written by a woman, directed by a woman, starring women in a story about women. And it's that rarity which makes it all the more disappointing when the finished product doesn't match the expectation.

The cast is loaded with funny people, many of whom are best known for their work on TV. However, that's not what makes this feel like an aimless TV sitcom straining too hard to make us laugh, often through cheap shock value. The movie leaves us with the feeling that writer Karey Dornetto ("Portlandia") and director Jamie Babbit (But I'm a Cheerleader, "Gilmore Girls") have spent too many hours studying the work of Judd Apatow, rather than letting their own voices speak. We are teased with glimpses, but mostly just left wanting.

On the bright side, Judy Greer finally gets a lead role after seemingly hundreds of support roles where she has often been the best thing about a movie. Yet somehow the filmmakers manage to dull Ms. Greer's natural glow as she plays Shannon, a registered sex offender with little desire to break her sex addiction, or even become the least bit likable. The very talented Natasha Lyonne plays Martha, Shannon's younger lesbian sister who is her personality polar opposite, yet never can quite escape the "bad luck" following her around.

Martha decides to make Shannon's recovery her mission in life, and secures her a job so they can work together as maids at a local motel. What follows is an accidental murder, a frantic attempt to dispose of the body, a mentally challenged housekeeping supervisor, multiple instances of sexual confusion, a sex shop hold-up, blackmailing pet cemetery owners, a profane rapping boy at his bar mitzvah, an inappropriate relationship with a therapist that breaks up a marriage, and a running gag with a chubby hotel guest in a Hawaiian shirt carrying a little dog. All of that zaniness leads to a disproportionately few number of laughs, although we do get a terrific Cousin It impersonation and an extremely rare (maybe a first ever?) Hammer-throw joke.

What's lacking here, despite the best efforts of Ms. Greer and Ms. Lyonne, is any semblance of humanity or realism … necessities for comedy. We just never make any connection with the main characters. The supporting cast provides numerous diversions and feature the familiar faces of Ron Livingston (the therapist mentioned above), an underutilized Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, the duo of Fred Armisen and Alison Tolman playing opportunistic small business owners, Jessica St Clair as one of the more emotional front desk clerks you'll ever see, Jon Daly as one of the more unfortunate characters, and Malcolm Barrett as Shannon's latest love interest/poet.

Of course, in keeping with the film's title there is a never-ending stream of insults directed at the city of Fresno. If that much attention had been paid to the sister relationship and the forming of characters, perhaps the comedy would have been more effective. Instead, if you are all set on watching sisters working together in the clean-up business, the better recommendation would be Sunshine Cleaning.


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1 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Fresno, California, USA

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