Brigsby Bear

Brigsby Bear ★½

This indie light comedy looks so bizarre and out there, right? Don’t be fooled. A precious minor fable about a young man who takes an extremely niche television show far too seriously, it’s actually guilty of taking itself way too seriously too, and in all the wrong ways. First, it never really explains its central premise wherein a kidnapped child’s decades-long captor labors tirelessly, week after week and for no apparent reason, to create a children’s program for an audience of one. And it never really explores or capitalizes on the inherent oddness of that low-budget, live action, would-be “Barney & Friends,” instead opting to spin a completely useless tale of how the main character readjusts to freedom and finds real friends who care for him for who really he is—blah blah blah. Basically there are precious few ideas here and maybe only one or two of them that are actually original, and yet all the energy is devoted towards the ones that are the most clichéd. I have to say, it’s frustrating as heck how contemporary American comedies have become so timid.

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