Goldberg Reviews: Somebody Up There Likes Me
by Kenneth Goldberg
Mar 28, 2013 | 2979 views | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Keith Poulson
Keith Poulson
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Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman
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Somebody Up There Likes Me is a dark comedy, filled with cynicism about marriage and family.

Keith Poulson plays Max, a man who never ages due to a mystical piece of luggage that deceptively keeps him in his mid-twenties.

The story follows his journey to find true happiness as he weeds through several failed relationships.

Bob Byington, the film's writer and director, manages to create a smart, subversive comedy with this one.

Nick Offerman, best known for his role in the television show Parks and Recreation, plays Max's best friend Sal, seemingly the only steady relationship in his life.

When Max tries to reconcile with his ex-wife, he finds her in bed with another man.

Sal advises to marry the next women he meets, together they justify the life changing decision under the pretense that all marriages are doomed from the start.



Max takes his advice and marries the next girl he meets, a waitress in the restaurant, which seems to be her best quality.

Eventually the two both fall in love with her, creating a true test of their friendship.

The film, in essence, doesn't make much sense and doesn't make any meaningful statement on life. For instance, I know they are attempting to utilize the suspension of disbelief here, but the son looks older than the father at points. It is just a little unnerving.

The film is highly stylized and paced like that of a Wes Anderson film, as the characters are likable despite their problems. And in spite of never aging, Max seems unhappy. It turns out that his suitcase can't help him with all of his problems.

Somebody Up There Likes Me is so off beat that it often becomes unwatchable.

However, I don’t know if it was the pace of the film, the editing or the style; but something brought it all together in the end.

All I can say is if you like Wes Anderson films, you will like this one.

Somebody Up There Likes Me opens at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) at 30 Lafayette Ave. on March 29th.

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