I WANT SOMEONE TO EAT CHEESE WITH, a film by JEFF GARLIN (Ovation/Southbound DVD)

 |   |  <1 min read

I WANT SOMEONE TO EAT CHEESE WITH, a film by JEFF GARLIN (Ovation/Southbound DVD)

If Seinfeld introduced the idea of a television show about nothing in particular, then the series Curb Your Enthusiasm -- written by and starring Seinfeld producer/writer Larry David -- elevated it to an art form. Although some of Curb Your Enthusiasm had a long arc of storylines, much of each episode was taken up with what seemed like not much at all which somehow all linked together to great comedic result.

David's on-screen manager in that show, Jeff Garlin (as Jeff Greene) was also that show's executive producer and a man with comnsiderable comedic chops from stand-up and cameos in numerous television shows.

This 2006 film however -- about nothing in particular -- was Garlin's directorial debut (which he also cowrote) and although it received some plaudits at the time (selectively quoted as "hilarious" according to Matt Zoller Seitz in the New York Times on the cover but a NYT search reveals the less persuasive "laidback and affectionate") it fails to spark on most levels.

Characters such as Beth in the ice-cream store (the radiant Sarah Silverman) are just plain quirky for the sake of it; the set-ups which see Garlin (as an overweight improv actor living at home) are awkwardly handled and somewhat obvious; and the running gag/backdrop theme of the movie Marty will exclude those who don't know it or may just feel mannered to those who do.

A small movie about not much, and really not much of a movie at all. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Film articles index

MAN ON WIRE by JAMES MARSH (Madman DVD)

MAN ON WIRE by JAMES MARSH (Madman DVD)

Anyone who ever stepped out onto the roof of one of the Twin Towers would have been struck by three things: the view from that height; that height when you looked directly down; and the power of... > Read more

KISSOLOGY; THE ULTIMATE KISS COLLECTION Vol 1, 1974-77 (Shock DVD)

KISSOLOGY; THE ULTIMATE KISS COLLECTION Vol 1, 1974-77 (Shock DVD)

It goes without saying that if Kiss hadn't existed then a 14-year old Japanese boy with a manga fixation would have invented them. He might have writen better songs for them as this rather too wide... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Billy TK Jnr: Presenting Billy TK Jnr (Ode)

Billy TK Jnr: Presenting Billy TK Jnr (Ode)

It's odd that this album should be called "Presenting" given that Auckland-based guitarist Billy TK Jnr has been taking his brand of tough Texas blues around the bars and clubs of New... > Read more

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in... > Read more