Thoughts on An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

There is a scene in An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn where they argue if Beverly is a boy’s name or a girl’s name. In the film Beverly is a boy’s name. The scene goes on with both parties backing up their points and treating it very seriously. This part of the film helps summarize the type of film it is. This film is to mumble core as Scary Movie is to horror films. It works as a parody of the world we live in and understand. Characters will yell loudly for no reason, and repeat lines even if they have been heard. One review I read compared the film to Napoleon Dynamite meets David Lynch. This is a fare comparison as it has the oddball characters akin to the dead pan delivery and heightened importance of the mundane with the surreal and dreamlike plot of a David Lynch film. I found the film to be hilarious. The characters living in such a bizarre and disconnected world really worked for me. One scene for instance has two characters eating dinner. They have plates of spaghetti in front of them and an enormous meat ball in the center. This meatball is so big it is noticeable without any attention being brought to it. Hence why the scene is funny. None of the characters act like what they are doing or saying is off. Which heightens the feelings of it being off. It’s a great time if you can handle offbeat humor and the plot is follow able enough without being too bizarre and alienating. This is a movie I could see grabbing a bunch of friends, opening a some beer and having a great time with.

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