The new short from Off the Picture Pictures (the foursome behind The Mud and The Greggs) is another loony chamber piece, this time about a group of old friends catching up after a couple years absence.
It presents most of the troupe’s signature touches— the overcommitted performances, the absurd banter, the sultry dance scenes. But the friends have splintered off — one couple is toiling in academia, the other in the funeral business. And their youthful ecstasy from the previous shorts has faded a touch, replaced by a fresh cynicism about life’s disappointments.
They spend a night together in the New Jersey suburbs, catching up — drinking, chatting, smoking — letting off steam from their self-proclaimed “waking nightmare” lives. The group’s bitterness dips into the darkness of getting older and growing apart, and you feel some dramatic truth below the surface as the group alternates between hating each other and drunken revelry. And as always, it's built around the hilarious chemistry between Bruce Bundy, Nigel DeFriez, Kira Pearson, and Robert Malone. Fans for life. (11 minutes).