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|Somebody Up There Likes Me|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Bob Byington|
|Produced by||Hans Graffunder|
|Written by||Bob Byington|
|Music by||Chris Baio|
|Cinematography||Sean Price Williams|
|Edited by||Frank V. Ross|
|Distributed by||Tribeca Film|
The film skips through 35 years in the life of Max Youngman (Poulson), following him through his courtship and marriage to Lyla (Weixler), who is also the object of affection for his best friend Sal (Offerman). Never seeming to age, Max and the adult characters closest to him stumble in and out of comically misguided relationships and happenstances that are seamlessly woven together by animated vignettes provided by Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly).
Somebody Up There Likes Me premiered at the 2012 South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Following a theatrical release in Spring of 2013, the film was released to VOD services such as iTunes and Amazon Video. The film is also currently available through Netflix Watch Instantly.
Writing for Indiewire, critic Eric Kohn praised the film, saying "The tone combines supreme deadpan delivery with a light, airy atmosphere that brings to mind Wes Anderson without the requisite pandering to hip expectations. There's nothing inherently cool or exciting about Max, and yet in his endless quest to find happiness in life--or in death--he's a supremely likable creation who endures multiple eras with the same passive attitude, and so emerges as an everyman for all times (including, during the quasi-science fiction finale, a version of the future that brings to mind Idiocracy)." David Lewis of the San Francisco Chronicle also praised the film, saying in his review, "American cinema has been churning out slacker movies for what seems like eons, so it's refreshing to report that Somebody Up There Likes Me enlivens the genre with a welcome breath of imagination, wit and charm."
Conversely, Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times was slightly more negative, commenting "It’s all kind of cute. Maybe a little too cute, but it does have a nice circle-of-life ending. And along the way, Mr. Byington shows a knack for observational humor, slipping in sly jokes that force you to keep paying attention despite the slim plot. Droll and interesting; just not very substantial."
- "Somebody Up There Likes Me". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
- Kohn, Eric (March 13, 2012). "Bob Byington's Moving and Surreal 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' Is His Most Accessible Film to Date". Indiewire. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
- Lewis, David (March 21, 2013). "'Somebody Up There Likes Me' review". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
- Genzlinger, Neil (March 28, 2013). "'Dealing With a Lot, and Nothing at All: 'Somebody Up There Likes Me,' Directed by Bob Byington". The New York Times. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
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