Martin & Orloff
Martin Flam recently tried to kill himself. His psychiatrist may finish the job...
This is the story of a marketing man and his shrink. A suicide attempt and a softball game; A PHD-toting stripper and a deranged Desert Storm vet; A giant sparerib costume and the world's largest peenis; John Woo-style violence and Steel Magnolia-esque pathos. This is the story of Martin & Orloff.
Another one of those "comedies" which takes a serious topic and murders it in the name of a series of unrelated sketches. The comedy fails to connect since there is little grounding with respect to any of the characters in this movie. By going for broke with the farce, yet trying to retain the issues of the patient character, it never really connected with any of the jokes. If all the characters become mere puppets serving the sketches rather than having narrative relevance, there is no real evolution to be had, and rather it becomes irrelevant to the structure of a movie. It also eliminates the sense of urgency or the sense of danger in any set up situation, making it all just a servant to the whatever the next sketch scenario would be. There are still some laughs though, which might just be enough for some to check it out, but it wasn't enough for me.
I was a fan of UCB so I made a point to check this out. It's pretty shaggy, and clearly very low budget, but there's still some good laughs to be had.
'What About Bob?' for the alternative comedy set. Despite a murderer's row of talent, the film feels like a disjointed jumble of sketch ideas more than a fully formed narrative. Its nice to see everyone go for broke, with no reservations about attempting to be likable or sympathetic but the material never really coheres.
I’m glad that as I’ve gotten older my comedy tastes have matured and improved because when I was a kid I did not get The Upright Citizens Brigade. Now though, I can’t get enough of them. And it seems like a lot of people feel the same way with the surging popularities of the UCB Theaters in New York and LA.
All of this UCB rediscovery led me to MARTIN & ORLOFF, a little movie written by Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts. It’s fun and absurd and filled with appearances from current comedy stars like Jon Benjamin and Tina Fey.
And it’s got a special appearance from once and future Full Blooded Italian, Big Sal E. Graziano.
MARTIN & ORLOFF isn’t going…
This movie seems to be all-over-the-place for a lot of comedy nerds, but I think it's on the long track to be a cult gem one day. To date, it gets closer to capturing the dark, anarchic vibe of UCB than any of their other film work.
Classic UCB. Dark, uncomfortable and hilarious.
Very funny dark and surreal comedy about a man whose failed suicide attempt leads him to seek guidance from a charmingly deranged psychiatrist.
Consistently hilarious and a great cast, with Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh of Upright Citizen's Brigade starring and a bunch of supporting roles and cameos from Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Richter and more.