- 100 mins
“The warmest, sweetest movie about creativity since BE KIND REWIND” – Tasha Robinson, THE VERGE
“Sweetly hilarious… Wildly creative” – Chris Bumbray, JO BLO
“A wonderful, offbeat comedy about the power of storytelling” - Ethan Anderton, SLASHFILM
Twentysomething James (Kyle Mooney) lives a carefree life with his parents (Mark Hamill, Jane Adams) secluded away on a remote stretch of land. His isolation is managed by an all-consuming adoration for Brigsby Bear, a scraggly, cable-access children’s show, through which he’s informed of the wider outside world. One day, his home is invaded by federal agents, his parents arrested and taken out in cuffs. James learns that he was abducted as an infant, that his home is in fact a compound and that the people he believed to be his parents were in fact his kidnappers. On top of that Brigsby Bear was a brainwashing tool produced by his abductors, created for a specific audience of one. James goes home to his birth family, encountering an outside world that’s very different from everything he’d ever known. As he struggles to understand the many new people in his life, he grows determined to make his own Brigsby Bear movie that can be shared with the world, so that everyone can make just a bit more sense to each other.
The singular feature debut of Saturday Night Live segment director Dave McCary, BRIGSBY BEAR ingeniously explores that childhood rush that we’ve all experienced when we first fell in love with a creative work and bonded with it so completely that it become a part of our DNA. That sense that we were experiencing it in a way that no one else possibly could. It touchingly conveys not just the endeavors of the alienated to find mutual ground with others, but the evolution from audience to artist, and the enlightenment that comes along with it, both self and social. While his work on SNL has given us glimpses of what he’s capable of, this is the film that announces Kyle Mooney as a world-class performer, brimming with honesty and soul. He’s joined by a terrific ensemble that includes Greg Kinnear, Claire Danes, Kate Lyn Sheil, Ryan Simpkins, Beck Bennett and Andy Sandberg. A sweet, funny and uplifting film that comes at you with so much heart it’s impossible not to be swept away by it, BRIGSBY BEAR is an absolute blessing.
- Mitch Davis