Among Ravens (NR)
Comedy July 18, 2014
Saul (co-director Friedenberg) is a Rasputin-resembling, best-selling author who pays an assistant to write all of his books. Ellis is a white-suited, trust-fund layabout whose entitlement and background are established via a Panama hat and an honest-to-God ascot. Seriously. Presumably, the cutting-room floor has footage of an Eskimo holding a harpoon and a reporter with a press card in his fedora band. The film's women are emotionally withholding, coldly emasculating the men while numbing their unsourced pain with enormous glasses of white zinfandel.
Chad, a nature documentarian on the autism spectrum, is the only non-hateful character; he's played with unartful and uninspired physical affectations by Will McCormack, apparently intended to be a holy fool who draws out the other characters' inner truths, which they do not contain.