All Nighter (R)
But on those occasions when he's the central focus, the gravity of his alpha-male charisma can reshape a whole film. All Nighter runs on that charm, revving this comedy up from average to somewhat above average. Months after Martin (Emile Hirsch) breaks up with girlfriend Ginnie (Analeigh Tipton), her father, Frank (Simmons), shows up at his door asking if he knows where she is. Martin, a banjo-playing Canadian vegetarian, is the polar opposite of the hard-charging, meat-eating businessman; nonetheless, he spends the rest of the night grudgingly guiding Frank around to Ginnie's workplaces and hangouts, having conversations with women and meeting L.A. weirdos, including Taran Killam and Kristen Schaal as a couple in a hate-based romance.
The introverted and peaceable Martin takes abuse from everyone he meets, disrespected for his passivity and banjo playing. And while multiple women describe Frank as "do-able" throughout the course of the film, he leads a terribly lonely life, isolated from his family. He shows Martin how to win a fist fight; Martin convinces him to reconnect with his life. In other words, it's a super-ordinary buddy plot elevated by one man's godlike charisma.