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By turns whimsical and touching.
Locy's good intentions and optimistic worldview take him only so far, and he struggles to find a fitting capper for his story. But the performances and the characters linger in your mind.
The deck (and performance) stacked as they are - the guy is even determined to put an end to his illiteracy - rookie writer-director Joshua Locy makes it difficult to dislike the hapless jamoke.
Displays enough originality to mark its tyro filmmaker, whose only previous credits are as actor and production designer, as a talent to watch.
Andre Royo shines in a fabulist comedy that laughs at Trump's idea of Black America.
A quiet, gentle film, laid back without seeming sluggish.
A beguiling odd couple you won't soon forget.
[Josh Locy's] vision is a realistic one, with whimsical montages sprinkled in... making this somber indie comedy definitely one worth seeking out.
Josh Locy's dramedy appears to aim for a whimsical but bittersweet vibe... It's a tricky tone to capture, but there are great performances from both actors.
A deliberately offbeat characterization of mental illness, Hunter Gatherer is ultimately a failed act of empathy.
Royo turns Ashley into a merry Don Quixote, a man who believes his pursuit of romance, no matter how doomed, ennobles his many failings. His performance is brimming with vitality, masking an inner heartbreak that only comes out in a touching finale.
Andre Royo is remarkable as Ashley Douglas, the film's optimistic and opportunistic protagonist.
I have loved Andre Royo ever since his standout performance in the Wire. He lives up to lofty expectations in Hunter Gatherer. An interesting look at the timeless bond of unlikely friendship and connection against the backdrop of the harsh realities of living as a poor black man in America.
I greatly enjoyed the first 3/4's of this film. The expert mix of strong performances, a splash of dark comedy and a rewarding look at the lead characters growing bond. I really feel the last part of the film disappointed. The way the film went was maybe not too surprising, and the final shot was rewarding and beautiful, but I have to confess I was not a fan of the darker turn to get to that payoff. It felt like an unnatural progression and shift.
The supporting cast of characters was also rich and interesting. The characters are believable, grounded and authentic. You generally feel you are watching a documentary of Ashley's life. His brisk joyful view on life is constantly tested against the darker pain of his true reality. His sidekick in crime Jeremy is a kindred spirit in this regard, although he is a bit more blissfully ignorant. Their slow spiral into tragedy seems inevitable and you want to share in the experience. The flaw is that the path to the film's rewarding final scene betrayed the earlier tone and identity of the film.
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