A man suspects his friend may be a sociopath and goes to extreme lengths to uncover the truth about him and his wife, who he eventually begins to fancy.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Robinson ... The Kid
Olaf Olaf ... The Saint Bernard
Jessica Walter ... The Editor
Tammy Blanchard ... The Young Woman
Marilu Henner ... The Assistant Editor
Didi Conn ... The Gossip Lady
Thomas Sadoski ... The Narrator
Steve Routman ... The Optician
Jessica Keenan Wynn ... The Librarian
Matthew Maher ... The Waiter / Bartender
Teddy Coluca ... The Customer
Gina Gershon ... The Woman at the Bar
Austin Pendleton ... The Driver
Doug Plaut ... The Writer
M. Emmet Walsh ... The Director
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A comedy where our main character learns that imitation may not be the sincerest form of flattery when he is befriended by a younger neighbor on the town's newspaper staff. The Kid, who is married but childless, knows no one in town. The Narrator knows everyone in town. As times goes on, the Narrator begins to wonder about the Kid's Wife and what kind of woman could marry a guy like this. Perhaps she just might be the woman for him. Written by Anonymous

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The lighter site of being a sociopath.

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red pants may be a sign
9 March 2020 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. It has been said that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Writer-director Thomas F Mazziotti has not only based this story on his own real life experience, but with it proves that imitation can also be the sign of a psychopath. In fact, as the film begins, we are informed that 1 in 25 people are psychopaths, and also playing a role here is "The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us", a 2005 book written by Martha Stout.

This is an unusual film with an offbeat rhythm. It reminds me a bit of CREEP, the 2014 movie starring Mark Duplass, in that the characters all seem like someone we could know, yet there's something a bit off. Thomas Sadoski ("The Newsroom") is Tony, a lead character, narrator, and a widower. Tony has not adjusted to life without his wife, and part of the reason could be how his friends and neighbors are always bringing it up. Once the "Kid" shows up, Tony is taken on a ride that has him questioning not just other people, but reality.

"Kid" is actually Peter (Jake Robinson), a 31 year old, red pants wearing newcomer to town. He seems to fit right in with the elderly local newspaper ladies as they bicker about semi-colons, but his real attraction is to Tony - proclaiming "we're on the same wavelength" after a few 'coincidental' meet-ups. It's tempting to label this as a battle of nitwits, but neither of the men lack intelligence. They are both just awkward, and that includes Tony, our trusted narrator.

The film is basically a puzzle with numerous separate pieces loosely packaged as a series of vignettes that may or may not tie together. The segments certainly provide a showcase for a plethora of recognizable actors. The list includes: Austin Pendleton, Gina Gershon, Jessica Walter, Didi Conn, Marilu Henner, Tammy Blanchard, Matthew Maher, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Josh Pais, and Steve Routman. One segment I found particularly entertaining featured Doug Plaut and the legendary M Emmet Walsh as a writer and director discussing a project.

For the most part, it just seems the film, the writers, and the characters are all trying so desperately to be witty, clever, or funny, that whether it works as a cohesive project gets kind of pushed aside. The background circus music fits well and complements the theatrical pacing and cadence. Mazziotti's film is certainly not cinema-as-usual, and it will likely find a cult following ... perhaps among those bonding "on a personal pronoun basis."


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5 February 2021 (USA) See more »

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