This is every bit as suffocating and unnerving as Good Time or Uncut Gems. This early indie dramedy from the Safdie brothers is the best American indie cinema gets to offer. It is a beautiful nod to the best of the genre, from the Cassavetes shagginess to Woody Allen wit, and to Noah Baumbach.
A troublemaking, childish single father spends a turbulent two weeks with his two boys, which is equally dark and loving. Ronald Bronstein was the perfect guy for this role, thanks to his big-boy charm and fearlessness to commit to a hyper-realistic portrayal of a highly flawed, but painfully real protagonist.
All in all, this is a people comedy that heavily relies on wonderful character building and interpersonal dynamics to work its charm, and the Safdie brothers showed their insight into the magic of the everyday happenings, and how oftentimes art grows out of pain and trauma. Highly recommended.