Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Kabluey - DVD Review

KABLUEY (***) - Starring Lisa Kudrow, Scott Prendergast, Christine Taylor, Conchata Ferrell, Teri Garr, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Parnell and Angela Sarafyan.
Written & directed by Scott Prendergast.

In the beginning, I thought this was going to be awful. Lisa Kudrow plays a struggling mother who loses her husband to another year of Iraq War duty. She turns to her last resort - her loser brother-in-law - to help watch the kids, her two little terrors. All of this was peddling along without much hope of a decent movie emerging, but it finally got there.

After one day of babysitting, the bro-in-law (Prendergast) proves to be incompetant, so Kudrow deicdes she's rather have him get a job and help her pay for daycare, and his job is to wear the big blue costume of Kabluey, the mascot for Kudrow's company, a dot-com start-up that had 95% of its staff downsized right before construction on their new facility completed.

His job is to stand on the side of a country road and hand out fliers advertising space in the building, probably the least effective marketing he could possibly do besides putting an "Ask Me About Rental Space" sign on the inside of his bedroom closet. It turned into a weird meditation of isolationism, and Pendergrast's low-key direction started to give off that Jared Hess vibe.

Kabluey has a giant head; the size of it forces it to always slump forward, so no matter where Prendergast goes, his mascot looks dejected, a big blue Charlie Brown the morning after the NASDAQ crashed. There's plenty of physical humor, as Kabluey has no hands, so Prendergast must contort to do simple tasks.

It's not one to get overhyped for. This movie snuck up on me, and I liked it for that.

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