Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cinema Clips: Lemon

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM


Eccentric comedic actor Brett Gelman gets a much deserved starring vehicle as Isaac, a theater teacher going through some troubles with his blind girlfriend (Judy Greer). She starts getting antsy, and his behavior gets weirder and weirder, especially when it comes to student Alex (a very funny Michael Cera).

Let’s just say things don’t go well when Alex comes over to hang out, and that occurrence is one of the more normal ones in Isaac’s life. As his relationship and acting career (he’s the spokesman for Hep C) crumble, he tries to date others, and that ends with him escaping a party with his date’s grandma (again…Isaac is weird).

The film meanders a bit, and never has a true sense of purpose. Somehow, it all works just fine. Director Janicza Bravo, who co-wrote the script with Gelman, makes an impressively strange directorial debut, thanks in large part to Gelman being her star. Gelman is one of those character actors who basically shows up in everything, cracks you up, and yet you never remember his name. Maybe now we will start to remember him, because he’s been kicking mortal comedy ass for years.

Supporting cast includes Jeff Garlin, Megan Mullally and Gillian Jacobs, who costarred with Gelman earlier this year on Netflix’s Love.

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