Somebody Up There Likes Me (3/19, 7:45pm)

The latest smart, subversive comedy from Bob Byington (Harmony and Me, RSO: Registered Sex Offender), Somebody Up There Likes Me skips through 35 years in the life of Max Youngman (Keith Poulson), his best (and only) friend Sal (Nick Offerman, “Parks and Recreation”), and the woman they both adore (Jess Weixler, Teeth). As they stumble in and out of hilariously misguided relationships — strung together with animated vignettes by Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly) and an original score by Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio — Max never ages, holding on to a mysterious briefcase that may or may not contain the secret to life.
Dir. Bob Byington, 2012, digital presentation, 76 min.

“Consistently silly and poignant at once. Byington excels at turning the edict that time waits for no one into a sensory experience. The tone combines supreme deadpan delivery with a light, airy atmosphere that brings to mind Wes Anderson without the requisite pandering to hip expectations. In his endless quest to find happiness in life — or in death — [Max] is a supremely likable creation.” (Eric Kohn, Indiewire)

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