Lff 2017: ‘Brigsby Bear’ Review

35 days ago | Blogomatic3000

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Ryan Simpkins, Alexa Demie, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Claire Danes, Chance Crimin, Beck Bennett, Andy Samberg | Written by Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney | Directed by Dave McCary

Saturday Night Live alumnus Dave McCary makes his directorial debut with Brigsby Bear, an engaging and smartly judged indie comedy-drama that mixes elements from several different movies but still manages to feel entirely original.

SNL’s Kyle Mooney (who co-wrote the script with Kevin Costello) plays twenty-five year-old James, who grows up in an underground desert bunker with his “parents” Ted (Mark Hamil) and April (Jane Adams). Kyle’s only entertainment is Brigsby Bear, a children’s fantasy TV show about a talking bear who protects the universe and dispenses weekly life lessons like “curiosity is an unnatural emotion” and “trust only the family unit”.

When the FBI raid the bunker,


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Movies & TV

Saturday Night Live (1975)
Brigsby Bear (2017)
Ted (2012)
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
The Truman Show (1998)
Happiness (1998)
Gentlemen Broncos (2009)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015)

People

Matthew Turner
Kyle Mooney
Mark Hamill
Jane Adams
Greg Kinnear
Matt Walsh
Michaela Watkins
Ryan Simpkins
Alexa Demie
Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
Claire Danes
Chance Crimin
Beck Bennett
Andy Samberg
Kevin Costello
Dave McCary
Greg
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