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Too Late

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Language, drinking in likable but timid horror comedy.

Movie NR 2021 80 minutes
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Perhaps a metaphor for showbiz backstabbing, this terror comedy creates a realistic stand-up comedy nightclub atmosphere but seems timid about going much further with either its jokes or its horror. Director D.W. Thomas casts several real comedians from all walks of life to populate the stage in Too Late, which creates an authenticity, as well as a lightness of tone. (Fred Armisen and Mary Lynn Rajskub, who are prominently featured in the publicity materials, appear only in tiny roles.) The movie seems smart and experienced about showbiz, which isn't as common as it may seem.

Best of all is Limperis as main character April; her appealing, fully committed performance anchors her scenes. On the other hand, the Bob Devore character never quite works. With his clownish mustache, he seems like an old-timey buffoon, a reject from vaudeville days rather than a legendary comic who would command respect from a younger generation. He also doesn't seem like much of a threat, especially when Thomas keeps most of the nasty stuff off-screen. The humor also feels a little muted, held back from its full, goofy, dark potential. Too Late is likable overall, but it's just too bad that it couldn't have really cut loose with its killer idea.

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