Kabluey (2007)

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Critic Consensus: An effecting treatise on modern alienation, Scott Prendergast's story of a hapless loser who finds recognition by donning a featureless suit is full of whimsy and sorrow.

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The mother of two rambunctious young boys is barely holding things together while her husband's National Guard unit is off fighting in Iraq. Desperate for some help, she lets her husband's brother, Salman move in and act as make-shift nanny. But his parenting skills are lacking and soon all hell breaks loose. In order to keep the family afloat, Salman takes a job as a corporate mascot, spending his days baking in the heat of a ridiculous giant blue costume. However, the suit's anonymity offers him a fresh start and surprising new opportunities to keep the family together.
Rating: PG13 (for some sexual material including a crude reference, and brief strong language)
Genre: Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By: Scott Prendergast
Written By: Scott Prendergast
In Theaters: wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Regent Releasing/Whitewater Films - Official Site

Cast

Lisa Kudrow
as Leslie
Teri Garr
as Suze
Conchata Ferrell
as Kathleen
Patricia Buckley
as Elizabeth P.
Vivan Dugré
as Missy Valdez St. Muffington
Elizabeth Hannah
as Betsy the Copier
Bill Toney
as Thermos Man
Emily Kaye
as Beth Sill
D'Anthony Palms
as Harrison
Austin Chittim
as Valentine
Donald Stewart
as Security Guard
Elise Ballard
as Veronica Davis Goldstein
Steve Rowe
as Gena Scalla
Googy Gress
as Annoyed Customer
Rhoades Rader
as The Cheese
Ryan Peterson
as Officer Sonoma
Nicole Eva-Marie Brandt
as Yelling Roomate
Melissa Joulwan
as Mean Roomate
Charlie Melfi
as Skater Punk #1
Daniel Ballard
as Skater Punk #2
Janet Rotblatt
as Mother-in-Law
Ryan Peterson
as Officer Sonoma
Doug Sutherland
as Officer Williams
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Critic Reviews for Kabluey

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13)

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

...a low-key comedy perfectly tuned for our times.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Film.com
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Short on substance, despite a watchable supporting cast and an amiable overall tenor.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

While it borrows from obvious sources, Kabluey eventually comes into its own as a wacky commentary on the state of America in the fifth year of the Iraq war.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A dark piece of whimsy that enchants and befuddles in equal measure.

Full Review… | July 11, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

In costume and character, Prendergast is a little funny and more than a little sad. So is the film.

Full Review… | July 10, 2008
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Kabluey

Includes all the ingredients of an indie movie: an aimless nogoodnik, an estranged family who tests his adult responsibilities, a strange part-time job that requires a quirky/cute costume, a redemption moment that establishes his self-worth and strengthens his bond with aforemetioned estranged family. It's all very nice, and I like the quirky filmmaking aspects as well, like zooming in on weird physical phenomena, like the ghosty rotations a plastic spoon makes after you let go from stirring it. I would have liked a bit more life or explanation in Lisa Kudrow's character. Yes, she's a depressive, but there isn't much for the character or actor to do, and the reasons for her affair are just a bit too indie-understated...indiestated? I also wonder why Salman leaves before reconciling with his brother, which seems to have been a source of tension throughout the whole movie.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Strange little movie that really made me laugh. Dealing with murderous kids (literally), the world's shittiest job (bar none), a sweet, kind lady who wants to run him down with her car every time she spots him... oh yeah, and an old man who has a deep and loving relationship with his soup thermos. What's not to love? :D

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.
½

I can't believe Lisa Kudrow is so hilarious even when she's not loud and noisy like Phoebe. This is definitely an indie film, but it's not the sugary, embrace life kind of indie and that is refreshing. Scott Prendergast manages to make the most inane things hilarious, and as a result puts an interesting spin on the tried-and-true subject of dysfunctional family. I wish this movie had been put on wider release because I think it could have done well given the right distribution. Oh well, at least I got to see it...

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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