My Neighbors the Yamadas ★★★½

Blessed with perfect vibes, and theme music by Akiko Yano that's almost as charming as Vince Guaraldi's, Yamadas faithfully adapts a Sunday comic strip in the style of golden age sitcoms. It's long, lived-in, and understated. If the idea of adapting a funny paper into a movie one four-panel sequence at a time, without a story or anything but Basho haikus to hold it together, seems cursed, the mundane blissful flawlessness of the source material, a Peanuts for the everyday, makes up for it, finding tiny morals in life's foolishness, not to scold but to celebrate–with a whistle and a wah-wah–the perfectly average.

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