Director: Bill Robertson
Uh-oh. Angus can't communicate with Julia, his gorgeous, strapping girlfriend His dad, the wheedling Dr Jack Snack, is keeping more secrets than he should. Mom's sudden re-upholstery project has thrown the family into chaos. The dog died. And worse, nobody can dance. There's a crisis in suburbia, but thats why we have people like Rita, the dance instructor.
Bill Robertson's feature film debut is a fresh, wonderfully odd film. Featuring a brilliantly off-kilter script and a remarkable liberty with language, it makes an emotionally dysfunctional family the centre of an original comedy Audiences may be reminded of Hal Hartley's The Unbelievable Truth and Trust, but if Robertson's dialogue comes out of the same left field, his vision is even more surreal. This is a world of obsessive golf, commitment to lawn furniture, and late-night donut shops As the Snack family's cardhouse of private obsessions collapses, and after Julia knocks Angus unconscious, the only solution is to dance this mess around.
Robertson's cast rises to the spirit of free play the script sets out for them. The revelation here is Canadian avant-pop singer Mary Margaret O'Hara, whose performance as Rita is the sum of perfect, quirky moments. O'Hara also contributed to the film's soundtrack,,and her unique rhythms propel the film. In the past few years a series of rock video inspired movies have employed a formulaic weirdness and almost made quirky a bad word. The combination of inspired script, remarkable performances, and killer soundtrack, rises above all that This is magic realism from white suburbia This is a truly original film.