My Blind Brother
Love for the same woman causes conflict between an over-achieving blind athlete and the brother who made him that way.
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★★★½ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd
The beauty of Sophie Goodhart's "My Blind Brother" is that it isn't the jet-black megadose of cringe comedy that anyone else might spin from the same premise. This is a story that has all the makings of a Todd Solondz movie, and — in the early going — it often feels like it's on the verge of becoming one. But Goodhart, who's been preparing for this debut feature since her short of the same name played at Cannes in 2003, isn't interested in anything so savage and cynical. On the contrary, she's reached into the darkness and returned with a deeply humane and frequently hilarious comedy that laughs at the fine line between kindness and pity.
★★★½ review by Megan on Letterboxd
This film's most impressive feat is that it made Nick Kroll a believable romantic lead. Of course in a man-child sense a la Seth Rogen but still, I never thought I'd have to remind myself not to be attracted to Kroll. He comes off so charismatic which I have to attribute to the script as he's quite pompous in real life. Jenny Slate gives a fantastic performance, as she has the most emotionally weighty scenes. She's introduced at a funeral grieving an ex-boyfriend who she feels culpable in his death. All her moments felt genuine and with the trio (including the titular brother played by Adam Scott), they mesh so well together. It's less of the laugh-out-loud comedy you'd respect from these actors who mostly come from a stand-up background, but it works well as a romance. It's something sweet that I can see myself returning to when a need to watch some on-screen love or if I want to see Slate in a non-abortion situation.
★★★★½ review by there is no howie only zuul on Letterboxd
nick kroll and jenny slate kissing is the only heterosexual pleasure of this life
★★★½ review by Shea on Letterboxd
jenny slate is only person i truly care about in this moment of time
★★★★ review by Alex Hunt on Letterboxd
Really liked this one, it was nice and simple. Its premise is not only played for laughs but is also used to create a touching and human story. A good blend of character and comedy, a solid watch that’s worth checking out.
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