WIFF’s Weekend Watch List — 06/03

LITTLE MEN

(If you want a terrific film about relationships)

Vincent Georgie: The film has a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes and that’s no accident. This is a humane comedy-drama about the complicated lives of adults, and how their actions impact the friendships of their children. There’s not a false note in this Brooklyn-set film, and it’s well-supported by sincere performances from Greg Kinnear, Paulina Garcia and the great Jennifer Ehle. However, it is indeed the “little men” in this film, teen actors Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz that are the heart and soul of the story. One of the rare films where you feel like you have spent 85 mins with real human beings.

Synopsis: Two teens develop a growing friendship in Brooklyn, N.Y., while the feud between their respective parents continues to escalate.

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FINDERS KEEPERS

(If you want some hearty laughs)

Vincent Georgie: Documentaries are not necessarily where I go for big laughs but then there’s this film about a human leg found in a smoker (I can’t make this stuff up). Well-beyond the “truth is stranger than fiction” genre, FINDERS KEEPERS is funny, ludicrous and eye-rolling only in the way that stories about real people can be. A comedic delight (with a lot of heart) from WIFF 2015. Take a chance on this one – you’ll thank me.

Synopsis: Amputee John Wood finds himself in a stranger-than-fiction battle to reclaim his mummified leg from entrepreneur Shannon Whisnant, who found it in a grill that he bought at an auction.

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ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING

(If you want a fun night at the movies)

Vincent Georgie: Come on, what 80s repertoire is complete without this incredibly winning, entertaining and energetic comedy starring a memorable Elisabeth Shue? From the of-the-era musical montage to open the film to the funny and dangerous shenanigans all over “Chicago” (aka Toronto, in fact), this film is a most enjoyable romp. A young Penelope Ann Miller steals every scene she is in as Shue’s stranded best friend, and Bradley Cooper (of future “West Wing” and “Handmaid’s Tale” fame”) is perfect as Shue’s duplicitous boyfriend. From future HOME ALONE director Chris Columbus.

Synopsis: When her date stands her up, Chris Parker decides to pass time. Little does she know that handling a pre-teen is anything but pass time. A night from hell ensues as she keeps them out of trouble.

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DOUBLE FEATURE

THE STYLISH ACTION FILMS OF GUY RITCHIE

Guy Ritchie has carved out a very specific niche for himself, that of highly stylized, quotable and energetic British gangster films. Start off with his reputation-making SNATCH and then follow-it up with his really engaging THE GENTLEMEN, a title that got lost in the shuffle of 2020 as it came out in the weeks prior to the pandemic. Both films combined will make for one hell of an evening.

SNATCH

Synopsis: A caper involving a boxing promoter who is introduced to match fixing by a ruthless, pig-breeding gangster. Thrust into the fray are a street fighting gypsy and his family, and a vicious pitbull.

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THE GENTLEMEN

Synopsis: Mickey Pearson is an American expatriate who became rich by building a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business, it soon triggers an array of plots and schemes — including bribery and blackmail — from shady characters who want to steal his domain.

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