Middle-aged struggling actor Isaac is a loser, but thinks of himself as an unrecognized supreme talent; the gulf between his perceptions and reality is mined for appalling and absurdist humor in this bizarrely funny comedy, the debut feature from director/co-writer Janicza Bravo.
“Deranged … it’s the kind of movie that makes you laugh and flinch in equal measures.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
Isaac (co-writer Brett Gelman) is an actor of questionable talent and no success, who runs his small theater company in Los Angeles tyrannically, constantly denigrating the lead actress (Gillian Jacobs) and gushing over the lead actor (Michael Cera), whose oversized ego doesn’t need any help. At home his blind girlfriend of ten years (Judy Greer) announces that she is leaving him. Seeking (but not finding) support from his large family, Isaac endures a hilariously uncomfortable Passover dinner. On the rebound, he takes a chance on romance with an attractive Jamaican-American woman (Nia Long), leading to more misadventures. A cringe-inducing comedy of epically awkward proportions, Lemon both delights and unsettles as it essays the ridiculous story of one man struggling to define his place in a world that has seemingly turned against him. The sterling supporting cast includes Shiri Appleby, Fred Melamed, Rhea Perlman, David Paymer, Martin Starr, Megan Mullally, Jeff Garlin and Marla Gibbs. (Dir. by Janicza Bravo, 2017, USA, 83 mins., Not Rated)