Director Marjane Satrapi
Written by Michael R Perry
Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver, Ella Smith, Stanley Townsend
Jerry (Reynolds) is the typical guy next door. He works in the warehouse of a bathtub factory in his small town. He is a little socially awkward but he is genuinely liked by his co workers. He lives above an abandoned bowling alley and has a dog Bosco and cat Mr Whiskers. He has a crush on one of the ladies (Arterton) who works in the accounting department of the factory he works in and plans a date with her.
He hides his mental health issues from his co workers, and only his therapist (Weaver) knows the truth of his past, she urges him to take his medications – however on them he is unable to converse with his pets (both voiced by Reynolds).
When his planned date doesn’t go to plan, he must try to keep his secrets from getting out to those around him.
For those naysayers that say that Reynolds is a one dimensional actor should really watch this, as he does a damn brilliant job at playing the shy, socially awkward man with some pretty severe mental health issues.
This film predates his Deadpool success and it’s a shame he isn’t taking more serious roles such as this, because he proves he has the acting chops to pull it off.
There are some ‘dark horror comedy’ moments that might be a bit too gory for those who are faint hearted, but most of the real violence is off screen.
It has the R18+ rating in Australia (which is our most extreme rating here), so its best younger kids don’t watch this thinking it is a typical Reynolds vehicle.
I did enjoy this as a ‘has been watched’ – and do recommend it as such, but I probably wouldn’t have it on the re-watch list.