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Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)



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Byington creates an offbeat energy by brilliantly pairing established actors and non-actors in this comedic fable about a man watching his life fly by. Max (Keith Poulson), along with his best friend Sal (Nick Offerman, "Parks & Recreation") and the woman they both adore, Lyla (Jess Weixler, TEETH), stumble through thirty-five years of seemingly mandatory but unfulfilling entanglements. (c) Tribeca Filmmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bob Byington
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 16, 2013
Box Office: $83.8k
Tribeca Film - Official Site


Kevin Corrigan
as Memorial Man
Marshall Bell
as Lyla's Dad
Jonathan Togo
as Adult Lyle
Megan Mullally
as Therapist
Ted Beck
as Steakhouse Patron/Ho...
Bob Schneider
as Wedding Singer
Chris Doubek
as Businessman
Mike Wachs
as Car Rental Employee
Josh Ashy Holden
as Wedding Guest #1
Nick Ashy Holden
as Wedding Guest #2
Margie Beegle
as You Guys Lady
Josh Meyer
as You Guys Lady's Son
Alex Ross Perry
as First Customer
Andrew Bujalski
as Ambulance Screen Doc...
Bill Wise
as Caterer #1
Jonny Mars
as Caterer #2
Ali Rose Garcia
as Bus Boy #1
Julio Lucero
as Bus Boy #2
Brigid Flanagan
as 16-year-old Wedding ...
Nicky Kazar
as Bellman
G-Su Paek
as Chapstick Man
Sun Jue Shin
as Chapstick Woman
Adam Scott
as Television Announcer
Gabriel Keller
as Lyle Age 5
Ian Graffunder
as Lyle Age 10
Jake Lewis
as Lyle Age 15
Mark Miller
as Preacher #1
Paul Steckler
as Preacher #2
Sean Price Williams
as Ex-Wife Bedmate
Jason Harter
as Boring Guy
Joye Flanagan
as Old Woman Driver
Ella Graffunder
as Girl Thrown in Pool
Jeffry Templet
as Paramedic
Taylor Muse
as Wedding Band Member
Tommy Blank
as Wedding Band Member
Matt Parmenter
as Wedding Band Member
Jeff Weathers
as Wedding Band Member
Chrissy Flat
as Divorce Lawyer
Locke Reyna
as Lyle's Infant Son
Madden Reyna
as Lyle's Infant Son
William Sotelo
as Lyle's Son Age 10
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Critic Reviews for Somebody Up There Likes Me

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11)

It's all kind of cute. Maybe a little too cute, but it does have a nice circle-of-life ending.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

The film itself is so charming that you almost forget to ask whether these people truly deserve our empathy.

Full Review… | March 26, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

The time-killing universe Byington has created makes sure we never forget how absurd he thinks the whole movie is. Fun for him, perhaps.

Full Review… | March 26, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

American cinema has been churning out slacker movies for what seems like eons, so it's refreshing to report that Somebody Up There Likes Me enlivens the genre with a welcome breath of imagination, wit and charm.

Full Review… | March 25, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The film itself is so charming that you almost forget to ask whether these people truly deserve our empathy.

Full Review… | March 15, 2013
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Words such as offbeat, charming or, Lord help us, quirky are wildly overused and yet this is exactly the kind of film to which they best apply.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Somebody Up There Likes Me

Thirty-five years in the life of a waiter who goes through three lovers and one friend, while not visibly aging thanks to a magical suitcase. The detached twee style is unusual, like a sub-anesthetic dose of Wes Anderson, but this experiment in deadpan absurd comedy isn't particularly successful or meaningful.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

A bizarre film that might be off-putting to audiences who don't adjust to its idiosyncratic pacing, but if you can get in rhythm with Byington's film, you might find yourself enjoying his unique take on life. With offbeat performances from Poulson and Weixler driving the film and a hilarious performance from Offerman adding color, these actors are able to earn your sympathy and care throughout the film's short run time.


I might have liked this had I laughed or cracked a smile at all during this entire film. But I didn't so I found it to be pointless and smug. Also lots of pointless nudity that mostly felt like ways to keep you more interested in the otherwise plotless movie.

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