Film Evaluate: Oddball Comedy ‘The Mimic’ May Entice or Repel Viewers – Leisure – Aurora Advertiser – Aurora, MO
You’ll love it or turn it off 15 minutes after or during a head scratch. There will be no middle ground.
In summary, it’s an unusual film.
But let’s jump to the beginning. A narrator (Thomas Sadoski) talks about the time when someone was with his (the narrator) St. Bernard in the attic (the narrator) when the dog fell through the floor and landed on the kitchen table. And there, on the screen, in the kitchen is a man known only as The Kid (Jake Robinson). The dog is next to him and he is fine.
In another house, a group of women are talking – Oh, look: there are Marilu Henner, Jessica Walter and Didi Conn – together with The Kid and – why is our narrator sitting with them now – about their careers in the local newspaper.
I think it’s okay to reveal that no one in this movie has a name, or at least no names are mentioned. So, there are The Kid and The Narrator after the newspaper meeting, walking and talking in suburban New York. We find out that The Kid is 31 years old and married. The narrator is a widower and does not want to give his age (he looks a little older). The boy and his wife are into mushrooms and ducks, and the boy alone likes to hunt for bears and moose. The narrator is a screenwriter and has a beach house.
These are two weird guys who have a very strange discussion that is accompanied by light, airy music, but it doesn’t seem going anywhere.
The child and the narrator are neighbors. The narrator believes The Kid is a sociopath, so he goes to a library to read up on the subject. The non-fiction book “The Sociopath Next Door” from 2005 is mentioned.
There are several other people in this film, all in cameo roles, including Austin Pendleton (The Driver), Gina Gershon (an over-sex woman in a bar), M. Emmet Walsh (The Director), and Matthew Maher (The Waiter). But it’s The Narrator and The Kid who do most of the conversation – part of it with each other, part of it tells.
It’s not just about talking; It’s a joke. It goes back and forth. There are intrusive questions and funky answers. It develops into border disputes. You accuse the other of copying him. Waiting! News Flash! The narrator is 41.
Driving home after a not-so-nice dinner in the restaurant (which serves delicious-looking food but doesn’t eat any) The Kid is annoyed with a tailgate – say hello to The Driver. Things lead to an “accident” and a week of hospitalization. The Kid and the narrator share a room and bring the subject of Febreze air freshener to the crazy conversation.
When they finally get home wearing soft neck supports, all kinds of information will be carried over into the ether of the script. Perhaps the most important thing is that cats close their eyes while eating. (I haven’t googled this yet, but I decided to believe it.)
There is another dinner, this time at The Kid (sorry, his wife is out in the evening), where accusations and complaints are coordinated. The narrator gets angry and says, “The most interesting thing about you is me.”
Now six months have passed and you have to ask yourself, “Where is this possibly going?” Well, it’s about a very competitive night tennis game where they are still talking to each other.
But here’s the deal. Even with one of the characters in bright red pants, even with supposed similarities to the plot of George Cukor’s “Gaslight” (and a clip from that movie) and the endless barrage of absurd dialog and discussion, this is a lot of fun The fact that the two actors play everything in a straight line, with only a small wink. It’s a difficult trick, and both of them are up to the task.
But you’ll love it or turn it off. The only way to find out is to look at it.
“The Mimic” opens on February 5th in selected theaters and premieres on VOD.
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Written and directed by Thomas F. Mazziotti
With Thomas Sadoski and Jake Robinson