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Brigsby Bear

Rated 14 Accompaniment

(Language May Offend) 100 minutes

Dir: Dave McCary, US
Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Claire Danes, Greg Kinnear

“Kyle Mooney stars as James, a drifty, sincere naïf who discovers, in his mid-20s, that the survivalist loonies who raised him in seclusion aren't his real parents. Worse yet, he learns that the space-adventure TV series he's been obsessed with since childhood - with a Teddy Ruxpin-style hero named Brigsby Bear - isn't even a real show but a hoax created by his captor dad. Brigsby Bear is a sweet-natured picture with an undercurrent of prickly energy. As James, Mooney is wide-eyed enough without ever being too precious, and his performance keeps the movie grounded. James's disillusionment, instead of making him a victim, pushes him to create something of his own. That's just the first step toward becoming a grownup. But there's no getting anywhere unless you take it.” - Stephanie Zacharek, Time Magazine. “Brigsby Bear takes a simultaneously serious and deadpan facetious look at post-hostage trauma and is somehow also a heartwarming delight. Kyle Mooney strikes a perfect pitch of bemused geekiness as James who, after being rescued from the happy captivity he’s always known and reunited with his unknown real family really only wants to see the next episode of his favorite program... But he’s also dedicated his life to poring over the internal logic and deep inner meaning of the Brigsby episodes, and like a hopeless Star Trek or Doctor Who addict, he’s not about to give up his religion. So when he finally understands the reality behind what he’s watched all his life, James sets about doing what any true believer would feel they had to: Making his own Brigsby Bear movie. The resulting production process is hilarious, and a nourishing mutual bonding experience with those who choose to help... Brigsby Bear is a cockeyed valentine to creativity, obsession, healing and acceptance. I know that makes it sound terrible, but it’s too raucously funny and subconsciously disturbing to feel as sappy as it probably is.” - Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News