Martin & Orloff (2002)
American independent filmmaker Lawrence Blume makes his feature debut with the absurd dark comedy Martin & Orloff, starring a lot of the folks from the Upright Citizens Brigade. Martin Flam (Ian Roberts) designs mascot costumes for a corporate chain of Chinese restaurants. After a failed suicide attempt, he goes to see the incompetent therapist Dr. Eric Orloff (Matt Walsh). Under the guise of conducting therapy sessions, the quack doctor then drags Martin on a series of seemingly random adventures about town. Dr. Orloff then recruits a gang of oddballs and malcontents (played by Katie Roberts, Sal Graziano, David Cross, and H. Jon Benjamin) to help Martin face his fears. The film also includes cameos from comedians Janeane Garofalo, Tina Fey, Andy Richter, and Amy Poehler. Martin & Orloff was screened at the 2002 South by Southwest Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for Martin & Orloff
One of the few films you could call wildly uneven and the filmmakers would still consider it a compliment.
Grows on you, as does stress-inducing, carefree Orloff on bemused Martin.
The movie and its players have a natural, matter-of-fact sense of comedy. It doesn't rub our faces in its jokes.
A refreshing, original departure from junk like Starsky & Hutch.
The saw about the shrink who's crazier than his patient gets a workout here, but it's given a likable spin by both of the leads.
You'll chuckle at least once during the proceedings -- but probably not much more than that.
While there are some inspired moments of merriment, the overall product leaves much to be desired.
Provides a fairly steady series of laughs thanks to the fully committed performances by the two stars and the sheer brazenness of its humor.
Sure, it's not much more than a 'sketch after sketch' presentation, but one can forgive an aimless narrative when the gags are this unexpectedly funny.
Martin & Orloff might have worked as a 10-minute sketch, but Lawrence Blume's low-budget feature quickly wears thin.
Unless you find kicks in the groin hilarious, the lunacy here is considerably more tired than inspired.
An occasionally savvy farce that suffers from attention deficit disorder.
Despite lightning cameos by Tina Fey and dependably hilarious David Cross, this extended riff on an Analyze This theme flogs each jolting gag into SNL-style unconsciousness.
Suffocated by self-conscious absurdism, this in-joke of a movie is moribund.
Even though this film swings for the fences but doesn't quite connect, Martin and Orloff is still a solid double off the wall.
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