Lazy Susan (2020)

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A slice-of-life comedy about a woman on the edge with nowhere to go but over, Lazy Susan is a story about a spectacularly unmotivated woman for whom doing nothing is exhausting.


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16 April 2020 | ElijahCSkuggs
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| Lazy Susan may help you with your own lazy ways.
Raise your hand if you're a bit of a lazy bum. Everyone gets a bit lazy from time to time. You neglect some task, you can put off some goal, you can forget about picking up your kids; we all get a little lazy and for the most part, it's not that big of a deal. Unless you're lazy like Susan. Don't be a lazy Susan.

What we have here in Lazy Susan is a Sean Hayes vehicle that shows us a pretty extreme version of a lazy (and very selfish) individual. We follow a woman named Susan go about her daily life, which is basically sighing and doing the bare minimum while at the same time prioritizing herself in almost any given situation. To piggyback that we also see Susan constantly screw things up, and we also see her deal with the unfortunate road-bumps life throws her way. We see her attempt to do things the right way and, for the most part, we just watch her struggle. And as is usually the case for most of us, all that struggle is usually related to her being just a Lazy Susan.

The kicker with Lazy Susan is that it's an oddly relatable tale that should strike home with people who tend to be lazy and/or selfish. I know I can be my own worst enemy at times and make that idiotic decision which will no doubt negatively affect my life. And this here little weird gem of a flick reminded me of my occasional lameness.

Self-loathing reminders aside, the film also succeeds fantastically with Nathan Hayes' performance as Susan. I'm no fan of Will & Grace (I think I may have seen a couple?) but from what I gather from Nathan is that he's one helluva an actor. He brought so many little nuisances to this role that I'm convinced he's more proficient at playing a female character than most female actresses. For a quirky indie comedy, he knocked it out of the park.

Lazy Susan seems to be getting a bunch of flack and yeah, I suppose it is a bit of a crowd-splitter. I mentioned how it could be a reminder of your own inadequacies but another aspect that may be bothering folks is that Nathan's Susan is quite the spectacle, and her antics can be overwhelming. As well, the comedic aspect here, while absolutely consistent, may not work for everyone. I thought it was a nice blend of outrageous and deftly subtle. So, with all that said, take a look in the mirror and stop using your belly as a plate ya lazy goodfernuthin.

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