Somebody Up There Likes Me


Somebody Up There Likes Me is a smart, subversive and highly offbeat comedy that skips through 35 years in the life of Max Youngman (Keith Poulson, The Color Wheel), his best and only friend Sal (Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation), and the woman they both adore (Jess Weixler, Teeth). As they stumble in and out of hilariously misguided relationships — strung together with animated vignettes by Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly) and an original score by Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio — Max never ages, holding on to a mysterious, magical briefcase that may or may not contain the secret to life. Written and directed by Bob Byington (Harmony and Me), and produced by Offerman and Hans Graffunder (To the Wonder), Somebody Up There Likes Me is epic in scope and remarkably intimate in execution, while also managing to be that rare sarcastic comedy with a genuinely touching sweetness. Co-starring Megan Mullaly (Will and Grace) and Kevin Corrigan (Seven Psychopaths). (Dir. by Bob Byington, 2012, USA, 76 mins., Not Rated, Tribeca Films) Digital