(Quick note: the guy in the middle of the sea of girls is Oliver Irving the director of the film)
Oliver Irving is by far a talented and creative director, while his visionary skills may not completely be original his execution is perfection. In his latest film to hit the circuit, Oliver tackles the ideas of that little quarter life crisis, I'm looking forward to so much.
How To Be, Irving's latest work is an interesting look on dysfunctional families, awkward children, and insane friends that lend new meaning to the word idiot, but in an enduring way.
Art, is a slightly eccentric twenty something and the most awkward introvert that I've seen in a while but I love it. Who is going through a bit of a quarter life crisis. When his girlfriend breaks up with him, he is forced to move back in with his parents and deal with his issues to become a more functional member of his family. The thing about Art is that he is such a pathetic baby at points I can understand why his parents might be a little disappointed in him. But at the same time you can't help but falling in love with this character because he's trying to figure out what or who he is while getting no help from anyone around him.
So to fix himself Art hires this mad crazy self help guru that is the creepiest funniest most intrusive old man that I have ever seen on screen. Pure genius! If you thought Art had problems this guru is the one that needs the real help. After making Art participate in various exercises that are supposed to make him "better" Art really finds that he may be the only person that can save himself.
It was by far the most painfully funny move that I viewed at the festival but so worth every awkward laugh and glance at my neighbor to make sure that I wasn't laughing in totally inappropriate spots of the film. Irving does something with this film that I haven't seen or felt since Zac Braff's, Garden State.
He took an awkward guy going through something heavy in his life and helped the audience swallow down every ounce of pure awkward pain with laughter. Leaving you feeling a little less sorry about anything you might be dealing with because if Art can survive so can you. Trust.