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 Film
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Comedy
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Cast

Megan Mullally
as Therapist
Mark Miller
as Preacher #1
Andrew Bujalski
as Ambulance Screen Doctor
Adam Scott
as Television Announcer
Kevin Corrigan
as Memorial Man
Marshall Bell
as Lyla's Dad
Jonathan Togo
as Adult Lyle
Bill Wise
as Caterer #1
Bob Schneider
as Wedding Singer
Margie Beegle
as You Guys Lady
Kate Lyn Sheil
as Ex-Wife
Alex Ross Perry
as First Customer
Chris Doubek
as Businessman
Josh Meyer
as You Guys Lady's Son
Ted Beck
as Steakhouse Patron/Homeless Man
Nick Ashy Holden
as Wedding Guest #2
Jonny Mars
as Caterer #2
Sean Price Williams
as Ex-Wife Bedmate
Stephanie Hunt
as Clarissa
Jason Harter
as Boring Guy
Mike Wachs
as Car Rental Employee
Josh Ashy Holden
as Wedding Guest #1
Ali Rose Garcia
as Bus Boy #1
Julio Lucero
as Bus Boy #2
Brigid Flanagan
as 16-year-old Wedding Guest
Nicky Kazar
as Bellman
G-Su Paek
as Chapstick Man
Sun Jue Shin
as Chapstick Woman
Gabriel Keller
as Lyle Age 5
Ian Graffunder
as Lyle Age 10
Jake Lewis
as Lyle Age 15
Paul Steckler
as Preacher #2
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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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
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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
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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
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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
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Audience Reviews for Somebody Up There Likes Me

Somebody up there likes me is abode with uninteresting characters doing nothing interesting led by an actor doing an irritating performance without any charisma. This is a film that thinks if a lot more witty and unique than it actually is. It is more of a combination of Wes Anderson meets Miranda July but miserably without any of the true heart or whimsy.

Zack Ford
Zack Ford
½

The chemistry between Offerman and Poulson is undeniably funny, but Somebody Up There Likes Me is without an enthralling story or any eminent style.

Aaron Bartuska
Aaron Bartuska

Complete shit. The characters are either disposable or vacuous with about as much depth as a pool of spit. The story beats could have been interesting in another directors hands, one who wasn't overly impressed with his ironic sense of humor. Weird pacing, framing, and photography.

Joshua Edwards
Joshua Edwards

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