Outfest Los Angeles Closing Night Gala
Closing Night Gala
(USA, 2015, 97 min)
Directed By: Chris Kelly
Screenwriter: Chris Kelly
In Sundance Opening Night hit OTHER PEOPLE, Jesse Plemons ("Fargo," "Breaking Bad," "Friday Night Lights") plays a comedy writer who has just moved from NYC home to Sacramento to help care for his sick mother Joanne (Molly Shannon). Fresh off a split with his longtime boyfriend and stuck in a hometown that now feels completely foreign, David struggles to find any semblance of meaning in his circumstances. First-time writer- director and longtime "SNL" scribe Chris Kelly strikes a perfect balance between humor and pathos in this mostly autobiographical tale. His eye for detail mines big laughs from events that feel heartbreakingly real. Plemons nails his first leading role, and a never-better Shannon provides the film with unwavering warmth and humanity, as well as her trademark comic timing. A stellar supporting cast full of familiar faces, including Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing"), Zach Woods ("Silicon Valley"), and John Early (FORT TILDEN), does the rest of the dramatic -- and comedic -- heavy lifting. OTHER PEOPLE is a film that expertly blends the comic and the tragic by remaining achingly honest throughout.
Closing Night After-Party: Clifton's Cafeteria