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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Man comes to terms with grief in touching, funny movie.

Movie PG-13 2017 87 minutes
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Writer/actor/illustrator/stand-up comic Martin successfully adds "director" to his resume with this somewhat familiar but still funny and emotionally truthful dramedy. It helps that, rather than predictably making his character a stand-up comic, Martin instead uses his simple, bittersweet, and hilarious real-life illustrations to help widen the movie and give it a fresh, visual flourish. Dean uses these to find the character's inner life at crucial moments.

It's difficult to tell a story about a character who avoids things, but Martin's screenplay concocts enough bizarre, almost surreal sequences and offbeat ideas that the movie itself plunges forward, even when the hero is stuck. He also casts many expert actors to accompany him. Veterans Kline and Steenburgen are especially good (this is their third movie together after Life As a House and Last Vegas). But even the actors in the tiniest parts create all kinds of minute, magical interactions that are both hilarious and touching.

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