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Dealing With Idiots (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7

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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

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Jeff Garlin, Peter Murrieta

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (12)

"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.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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[A] flat, aimless comedy skewering the parents of junior baseball players.

July 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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The movie was largely improvised, which lends itself more to scenes than a feature-length film.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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There are a few inspired moments, but Garlin goes for easy laughs, and the actors' broad improvisations often fall flat.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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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.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The results are amusing if predictably mild.

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Garlin's second feature is consistently sweet, funny and smart. Keep it up.

July 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Garlin's ultra-restrained approach suggests that attempting hilarity is sometimes a veiled defense mechanism.

July 19, 2013 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

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.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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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.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film is reduced to a series of unfunny mockery laid out so Garlin can display his trademark deadpan reaction.

July 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A largely improvised ensemble piece about a comedian who decides that his son's Little League team would make an interesting subject for a movie. It doesn't.

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

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.

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

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.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

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.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

Laid back, and a funny, veteran cast makes it feel improvised even if it isn't

July 9, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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