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The gentile version of 'A Simple Man', both being about losers who can't get out of their own way and even if they could, appear to be doomed to failure anyway by something big and undefinable. Oh wait, that's most of the Coen brother's output. Eh, whatever, seeing 'Hey, Mr. Kennedy' all big screen like was the best concert I've been to in years.
The other 2013 movie smart enough to mine the comedy inherent in the absurd notion that the American dream and straight up greed aren't the same thing. 'Wolf of Wall Street' also thought it was important; Pain & Gain did not make that mistake.
Two actors, one I don't mind and the other I actively dislike, playing what seem like a series of overindulgent improv games in a neat setting, like an easier to sit through 'Gerry'. A return to the pretty & pensive look/feel for David Gordon Green but at this point, I might prefer guy from Pineapple Express and Eastbound & Down.
If you can drown out the onslaught of cute references and visual noise, there's a remarkably tight story structure holding everything together, and an internal stylistic logic that makes the bits that should be obnoxious, palatable. Also, it's about the relationship between a little girl named Venellope and an angry man-child who hates his job/life, so what choice did I have?
Ignore the largely superfluous 20% of the story that's a thriller and you have a rather sweet look at love and how all men approach it with the same befuddled naivete, whether they be kids or adults, cynics or optimists. But as is the case with most 'male' stories, the guns come out and you have the 20% to deal with.