This is a strong example of an old standard. An older man and his demented mother meet up with a young ex-con. The two generations connect and learn something from each other and they’re both better off. Saying anything more would be spoilerific so I’ll shush on plot points.
To the positive, the characters are wonderfully likable. The older gentleman is nostalgic and funny and full of life. His mother, despite her issues, still has quite a spark in her. The younger, despite being an ex-con is eager to learn and swiftly comes around. Things get extremely weird, dark and “real” at the end in a very satisfying way. All is not as it seems.
To the negative,the middle bits seem far too easy as the characters slide into happiness, but it’s only a trick. Hang on until the end.
In summary, a cute and potently dark movie with series of huge twists. Can’t say I expected ANY Of that.
*** I started this review out as a minute-by-minute rundown of the action but it started to get interesting so I ended up actually watching it. That says something… anyway, original rundown for posterity
1:00 – Dude in flipflops flying a kite. Maybe wearing a clown nose? Unrelated dude leaving a building. Maybe prison?
2:30 – Looks a lot like two old people having sex. Really they’re just helping each other go to the toilet.
3:00 – Prison dude flashing back to some prison scarification scene… and now he’s making out with a girl. Um.
3:30 – a profound number of things in this movie are purple. Shirts, sheets.
3:45 – Now he’s having sex with the girl but…. she calls it off and yells at him . not clear why.
4:30 – Prison dude now filling out a form… ok, yes, he was getting out or prison. Going to work delivering meals to people.
6:00 – Back to the clown. He’s in his yard entertaining some kids. Prison dude delivering meals to him. Clown tries to chat him up but he resists at first…. starting to come together. I think this might just be a keeper….