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Momma's Man

4

Man returns to his teens by moving back in with the parents

Azazel Jacobs’ lo-fi indie comedy unfolds slowly but with patient precision.

Matt Boren is authentically schlubby as Mikey, a new dad who ditches his LA-based wife and daughter to visit his arty NYC parents, concocts ludicrous excuses to stay and regresses into a teen world of toys, comics and general slovenliness.

Jacobs’ own parents play Mikey’s loving but embarrassed oldsters to perfection; he also shoots in their amazing apartment, a cross between womb and rabbit warren.

As a result, the film’s quirks feel lived-in, right up to the subtly layered suggestions of the spot-on final shot.

Kevin Harley

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