The Intervention
First screened in July 2016
Director: Clea DuVall. Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Vincent Piazza, Clea DuVall, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, Skylar Bernon, Kira Pozehl. Screenplay: Clea DuVall.

Twitter Capsule: Frequently hilarious ensemble comedy. At its core are Lynskey's displaced sorrow and Smulders' undeniable anger.

Second Capsule: The Intervention reminded me of The Anniversary Party: two merry-sad-serious comedies built by actor-directors who really know their casts.

VOR:   Structured to delight audiences and collaborators, not to push genre or medium. Cool bait-and-switch, though, about the movie's fundamental subject.

Photo © 2016 Samuel Goldwyn Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize for Acting (Lynskey)

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