259) Son of a Seahorse (2009) Dir: Tom and Mary Russell Date Released (DVD): 2009 Date Seen: August 21, 2010 Rating: 3.5/5
Full disclosure: I'm friends with Tom and Mary Russell.
I don't want to write too much about this film simply because my memory of it is a little hazy. But what I do remember being impressed by the way that writing/directing duo Tom and Mary Russell used such a broad style of acting to make a movie filled with jokes consistently uncomfortable. David Schonscheck plays up Nick Kilpatrick's mercurial attitude by constantly over-acting. In any other context, this would be grating but the longer the film goes on, the more apparent it becomes that the Russells are trying to alienate you. If anyone needed proof that a character study doesn't need to follow a sympathetic character in order to be ingratiating or even just satisfying, this is the film. A worthy descendant of King of Comedy.