Describe it in 25 words or less.
Pete: Post breakdown, Roger Greenberg returns to Los Angeles after years in New York to house sit and attempts to get his life in order.
Brigette: A forty-something year old man returns to his hometown where he must face the past and who he’s become.
Pete & Brigette: Drama
Who was your favorite character and why?
Pete: Ivan Schrank because he was the only one that had worked out what was important.
Brigette: Ivan because he was the only person who didn’t seem totally insane.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Pete: Phillip Greenberg because he was such a jerk with everyone, especially his own brother.
Brigette: Roger Greenberg because he was a complete loser.
How was the casting?
Pete: The casting was great and I thought all actors were brilliant. I think the story was a huge letdown, particularly the ending.
Brigette: The one that surprised me in this film was Ben Stiller. It’s not his usual role and I’m not sure it really suited him.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?
Pete: This film seemed slightly disjointed to me and there were only a couple of scenes that intrigued me and there were a few funny moments. Most of the time it felt uncomfortable and awkward.
Brigette: The opening was so oddly shot that I was immediately intrigued, but the film never went anywhere and the odd shots became tedious.
Pete: “Do you hear a train? Is that a train?” – Florence Marr
Brigette: “It’s huge to finally embrace the life you never planned on.” – Ivan
How was the soundtrack?
Pete: Probably one of the few redeeming aspects of the film.
Brigette: It was probably one of the best parts of the film. We’ve put as many songs from the film as we could on Grooveshark.
Have you watched other films by the same director/actor?
Pete: I’ve seen many Ben Stiller films, this is not one of my favorites.
How was the ending?
Pete: One the most empty endings I’ve seen.
Brigette: One of the lamest I’ve ever seen.
What was the moral of the story?
Pete: You only have one chance at life.
Brigette: I don’t think there was a moral so much as it was a cautionary tale of what would happen if everyone said and did everything with no regard for anyone else.
Who would you recommend it to?
Pete: Anyone who has had to return to Los Angeles after living somewhere else for a while.
Brigette: Fans of mumblecore (if you know what that is, you’ll most likely enjoy this film).
Recipe: Arnold Palmer
Beer Pairing: (Pete’s specialty) A Corona Lite or, if you want something fancy, you could try any of the beers from Sanctum Brewing in Pomona, California (if you can get someone to drive you).
Craft/Activity: Build a dog house.
Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Musso & Frank Grill sign and interior
What one decision changed your life forever?