Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The dark humor and layered performances make this film feel very special. In a lot of ways, it reminded me most of Good Time from the Safdie Brothers, but this one – despite dealing with some very heavy themes – manages to stay much lighter than you’d expect. Tiffany Haddish and Henry Winkler are good in smaller roles and both leave an indelible imprint on our leads. The biggest thing to recommend about this film is the easy and natural flow that Christopher Abbott and Jerrod Carmichael have amongst each other. Abbott especially does so much with this emotionally-scarred and suicidal role, adding character quirks and really getting us into Kevin’s headspace. The pace is quick and breezy, never dwelling on any of the themes it introduces long enough for them to become a detriment. Both of the main characters have stories that, by the time we approach the climax, are developed and rich with detail. The one place I think this film really falters though is with sticking the landing. The ending could’ve been much stronger and hard-hitting with just a few tweaks. I understood the message behind that ending, but I wanted more out of it.

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