Friday, September 17, 2010

TIFF: A Look Into "Peep World"

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 7:56 AM

“Families are where self-confidence goes to die,” director Barry Blaustein told a world- premiere audience.

With that stinging humor, Blaustein set the table for Peep World at the Toronto International Film Festival. Blaustein is pretty new to the directing gig, but his comedy DNA is solid: he spent years as a writer for SNL and was a screenwriter for Coming to America and The Nutty Professor. Peep World is still looking for a U.S. distributor, so you may have to wait until 2011 to see it. It’s worth the wait.

The cast includes Rainn Wilson (Dwight from The Office), Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Sarah Silverman and is narrated by Lewis Black (The Daily Show). Not bad for a film made in 24 days on a budget of less than $1 million.

The story is pretty simple: a family gathers to celebrate its patriarch’s 70th birthday. That’s where the simplicity ends. There are so many layers of dysfunctionality at play, you need a scorecard.

Here’s a sample:
Brother to sister: “You’re like a f@#ked-up Amy Winehouse.”

It goes downhill from there. Hilarious.

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