The Big Ask (Teddy Bears) (NR)
Comedy 90 min. May 30, 2014
This is the latest envisioning of the California desert as a regenerative tabula rasa, one whose howling winds and odd inhabitants change anyone who passes through. But Andrew, for all his expressive weirdness, nevertheless remains as unreachable to us watching as he is to his closest friends. It's a strange thing, beholding a man who's clearly the only one capable of pulling himself out of an emotional tailspin, when, by putting all his eggs in the sleeping-with-his-best-friends'-girlfriends basket, he's refusing to do just that. Such is grief, such is life, but The Big Ask spends so much time wallowing rather than advancing Andrew's or anyone else's emotional arcs that it begins to feel like a nature documentary in which the camera operator observes a helpless animal bleed out without offering any help.