Alex Karpovsky picks at a navel better left ungazed.
In an era when awkwardness is the new self-confidence, the director manages to be palpably neurotic without trying too hard.
| Original Score: 3/4
If it's all reasonably familiar indie-comedy terrain, it's delivered at a brisk, economical clip with plenty of laughs, and a series of running gags that keep getting funnier.
If only "Red Flag" were funnier and tighter and had a sharper idea about what it means to blur the lines between self-interrogation and self-absorption.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Karpovsky's anxiety-ridden shtick here combines the crippling doubt and self-loathing of many Woody Allen protagonists with the obnoxious solipsism of Larry David.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
Owing a debt to Albert Brooks' early comedies, "Red Flag" might be too much if it weren't just right.
| Original Score: 3/5
It's conventional stuff, only executed with a smart, improv-y verve.
| Original Score: B
You can see genuine talent poking through the festival-circuit tedium; hopefully Karpovsky's better instincts will win out next time.
Karpovsky's DIY know-how helps maximize a pint-size budget.
[A] loose-limbed, whiplash-funny scant-budget road movie.