Dealing With Idiots (2013)
A hilarious satire about the culture surrounding youth baseball leagues in Los Angeles, this fully improvised film also features a who's who of notable comedians and actors including Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman), Fred Willard (Modern Family), Bob Odenkirk (Saturday Night Live), J.B. Smoove (Saturday Night Live), Gina Gershon (How to Make It in America), Kerri Kenney-Silver (The New Normal), Jami Gertz (The Neighbors), Timothy Olyphant (Damages), Richard Kind (Argo), Steve Agee (The New Girl), David Sheridan (The Love Boat), Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). (c) IFC Films … More
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Critic Reviews for Dealing With Idiots
"Dealin' With Idiots," a sort of "Waiting for Guffman" for Little League, isn't a great movie, but it's a heck of a lot better than its title.
[A] flat, aimless comedy skewering the parents of junior baseball players.
The movie was largely improvised, which lends itself more to scenes than a feature-length film.
There are a few inspired moments, but Garlin goes for easy laughs, and the actors' broad improvisations often fall flat.
This isn't actually a movie about kiddie sports - it's a movie about Garlin interviewing the other parents and players to see if there's an interesting movie to be made at all. Answer: There isn't.
Garlin's second feature is consistently sweet, funny and smart. Keep it up.
Garlin's ultra-restrained approach suggests that attempting hilarity is sometimes a veiled defense mechanism.
To fully appreciate Dealin' with Idiots, the viewer must have some working knowledge of its writer/director/star Jeff Garlin. Or perhaps patience is a more accurate description.
Much of Dealin' with Idiots feels improvised, which is okay when the actors are fully on their game. But here, perhaps the heat of the day and location or insufficiently precise direction have resulted in an awful lot of dead screen time.
The film is reduced to a series of unfunny mockery laid out so Garlin can display his trademark deadpan reaction.
Dealin' With Idiots is at its strongest when it forgets about plot ... altogether (which is most of the time) and gives itself over to the laid-back pleasure of improvisation among veteran professionals finding and exploring a good groove together.
It's really an excuse to give a bunch of terrific actors a chance to riff in scenes that feel improvised. Unfortunately, the results feel shaggy and unstructured.
There's not much point in making a film about how different and dumb people are without giving the judgmental, one-man Greek chorus his own legitimate comeuppance.
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